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Bass v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

June 24, 2014

GEORGE MICHAEL BASS A/K/A GEORGE M. BASS, APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, APPELLEE

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: RANKIN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. DATE OF JUDGMENT: 06/21/2013. TRIAL JUDGE: HON. JOHN HUEY EMFINGER. TRIAL COURT DISMISSED MOTION FOR POST-CONVICTION RELIEF.

DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED.

FOR APPELLANT: GEORGE MICHAEL BASS (Pro se).

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

BEFORE IRVING, P.J., ISHEE AND ROBERTS, JJ. LEE, C.J., IRVING AND GRIFFIS, P.JJ., BARNES, ROBERTS, CARLTON, MAXWELL AND FAIR, JJ., CONCUR. JAMES, J., CONCURS IN PART AND IN THE RESULT WITHOUT SEPARATE WRITTEN OPINION.

OPINION

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NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - POST-CONVICTION RELIEF

ISHEE, J.

¶1. In 1993, George Michael Bass pleaded guilty in the Rankin County Circuit Court to murder, burglary of an occupied dwelling, and grand larceny. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, fifteen years for burglary of an occupied dwelling, and five years for grand larceny, with all sentences to run consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Bass later filed a motion for post-conviction relief (PCR) that was denied by the circuit court. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the circuit court's denial. Bass filed another PCR motion in 2013 challenging his guilty plea to murder. The circuit court dismissed it as procedurally barred. Bass now appeals on the grounds that the circuit court erred in its determination that his PCR motion was procedurally barred since he alleges he is entitled to DNA-evidence testing, and, therefore, is excepted

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from the bar. Finding no error, we affirm.

STATEMENT OF FACTS

¶2. On February 19, 1992, Bass asserts that he went to the home of Modeen Hudson in Pearl, Mississippi, looking for his father. Bass claims he was under the impression that his father was borrowing money from Hudson so that Bass could return to his home in Cameron, Louisiana. However, upon arriving at Hudson's door, Bass states that he observed his father standing over Hudson's body. Bass testified that Hudson was lying on the floor with a black cord wrapped around her neck and a pool of blood under her head.

¶3. Bass helped his father wrap Hudson's dead body in a sheet and place the body in the trunk of her car. Bass admits that he then went back inside the home and raided the silver cabinet. He also took Hudson's purse, which he alleges his father initially took from her home and placed on the hood of her car. Bass then placed the purse inside Hudson's car and drove away in her car. He later used Hudson's gas station credit card to fill the car with gas. After filling the car's gas tank, Bass drove the car to Louisiana, where he unloaded and left ...


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