FREDERICK L. WILSON a/k/a FREDRICK L. WILSON a/k/a FREDRICK WILSON a/k/a FREDERICK WILSON
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: SCOTT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. DATE OF JUDGMENT: 06/12/2009. TRIAL JUDGE: HON. MARCUS D. GORDON.
FOR APPELLANT: EDMUND J. PHILLIPS, JR.
FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, BY: ELLIOTT FLAGGS.
BEFORE RANDOLPH, P.J., LAMAR AND KITCHENS, JJ. WALLER, C.J., DICKINSON AND RANDOLPH, P.JJ., KITCHENS, CHANDLER, PIERCE, KING AND COLEMAN, JJ., CONCUR.
¶1. Frederick Wilson wounded Shamika Parker and killed Josh Ingram when he fired gunshots at Josh Ingram's car. He was convicted of one count of aggravated assault and one count of murder. Wilson appeals from his convictions, alleging the trial court erred 1) by sustaining the State's relevance objections during his cross-examination of Shamika Parker and 2) by admitting into evidence his first two statements to law-enforcement authorities. Finding no reversible error, we affirm Wilson's convictions and sentences.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
¶2. On March 24, 2008, Frederick Wilson drove to the Parker residence and confronted Shamika Parker's boyfriend, Josh Ingram, about impregnating his niece. Wilson and Ingram got into a fist fight. Parker and her mother testified that Ingram did not have a gun during the fight and that Wilson hit Ingram with a pipe. Wilson denied using a pipe and claimed that Ingram pointed a gun and threatened to kill him. Shortly after Parker's parents broke up the fight, Wilson ran into his friend Justin Wash. at a nearby gas station. Wilson told Wash. about the fight and asked Wash. to drive him back to the Parker residence so he could scare Ingram. Wash. agreed. After Wash. dropped him off, Wilson walked with his shotgun to a brick pile behind the Parker residence and fired multiple shots at the back of Ingram's car, in which Ingram, Parker and their friend, DeAngelo Buckley, were sitting. Two shots hit Ingram and one shot hit Parker. When Ingram stepped out of the car, Wilson shot him a third time. Efforts were made to resuscitate Ingram, but he died at the scene. After the shooting, Wilson ran back to Wash's car and Wash. drove him back to his car. At Wilson's request, Wash. kept the shotgun and later hid it in the woods near his house.
¶3. In his first statement to law-enforcement officials following his arrest, Wilson admitted to firing the shots that had injured Parker and killed Ingram. The next day, Wilson's gun was recovered. Wilson acknowledged ownership of the gun in a second statement given a few days later. Almost eight months later, in a statement initiated by Wilson, he again admitted to firing the shots that had injured Parker and killed Ingram. All three statements made to law-enforcement officials were admitted into evidence at trial.
¶4. Wilson was convicted of one count of aggravated assault for shooting Parker and one count of murder for killing Ingram. He was sentenced to serve consecutive prison terms of ten years and life for his respective convictions. Wilson appeals from his convictions, raising only two issues. He alleges the trial court erred by 1) sustaining the State's relevance objections during his attorney's cross-examination of Shamika Parker and 2) admitting into evidence his first two statements to law-enforcement officials.
LAW AND ANALYSIS
I. Did the trial court err by sustaining the State's relevance objections during Wilson's cross-examination ...