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Beasley v. State

Supreme Court of Mississippi

January 16, 2014

DANIEL LUTHER BEASLEY a/k/a DANIEL BEASLEY a/k/a DANIEL L. BEASLEY
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

Page 394

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: AMITE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. DATE OF JUDGMENT: 09/19/2012. TRIAL JUDGE: HON. FORREST A. JOHNSON, JR.

FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER, BY: GEORGE T. HOLMES, PHILLIP W. BROADHEAD.

FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, BY: STEPHANIE B. WOOD.

BEFORE WALLER, C.J., LAMAR AND PIERCE, JJ. DICKINSON AND RANDOLPH, P.JJ., LAMAR, KITCHENS, CHANDLER, PIERCE, KING AND COLEMAN, JJ., CONCUR.

OPINION

Page 395

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

WALLER, CHIEF JUSTICE.

¶1. Daniel Luther Beasley appeals from the verdict of an Amite County jury finding him guilty of murder. Finding no reversible error, we affirm.

FACTS

¶2. Janie Wilkinson owned a beauty salon behind her house in Liberty, Mississippi. She converted the salon into an apartment and allowed her nephew Daniel Beasley to live there. At a family gathering at Wilkinson's house on Easter weekend of 2011, Wilkinson discussed converting the apartment back into a beauty salon for her granddaughter to operate. Wilkinson told Beasley that he would have to move out of the apartment at some point so she could begin renovations on the salon. Wilkinson later told her son Bill Baggett that Beasley had become very upset about having to move out of the apartment.

¶3. On May 14, 2011, Wilkinson went to Martha Kello's house to play cards. When she arrived, she was visibly upset about an incident with Beasley earlier in the day. Wilkinson had locked herself out of her house earlier in the day, so she asked Beasley to crawl through a window to retrieve the keys. Beasley had felt Wilkinson's pockets to see if she had actually left the keys in the house, and this apparently had upset Wilkinson. Wilkinson played cards at Kello's house until approximately 7:00 p.m. and then returned home. This was the last time she was seen alive.

¶4. Kello called Wilkinson several times over the next two ...


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