LATERRENCE LENOIR a/k/a LATERRENCE A. LENOIR a/k/a LATERRENCE AWSON LENOIR
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
OF JUDGMENT: 03/14/2016
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, TRIAL JUDGE: HON. LAMAR PICKARD
COURT ATTORNEYS: RENEE H. BERRY ALEXANDER C. MARTIN.
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF THE STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER
BY: W. DANIEL HINCHCLIFF GEORGE T. HOLMES RENEE H. BERRY.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: ALEXANDER C. MARTIN.
WALLER, C.J., COLEMAN AND CHAMBERLIN, JJ.
A Copiah County jury convicted Laterrence Lenoir of two
counts of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit
armed robbery. Lenoir appeals his convictions, arguing
the jury had insufficient evidence to determine that he
committed the crime or, alternatively, that his motion for a
new trial should have been granted. We disagree and affirm
This case concerns the events that occurred on September 6,
2012, at a Dollar General store in Wesson, Mississippi. At
approximately 10 p.m., three employees of the Dollar General
store-Dawn Forrest, Jeffrey Thomas, and Vinshaun
Motley-prepared to close the store for the night. Forrest
worked on the deposit in the store's office, Thomas used
the restroom, and Motley gathered the store's buggies in
the parking lot. At this time, two men entered the store and
robbed the employees at gunpoint. The men's
faces were partially covered and each wore gloves. The men
stole approximately $3, 600, the store telephone, and the
cell phone of each employee.
More than three years later, on January 27, 2016, a Copiah
County grand jury indicted Laterrence Lenoir on three counts
of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit an
armed robbery in connection with the events at the Dollar
General store. Lenoir was appointed counsel and he
pleaded not guilty. On March 14, 2016, a jury trial commenced
in the circuit court. The State's case against Lenoir
consisted of testimony from the three Dollar General
employees-one of whom testified in exchange for a plea
deal-and surveillance footage of the robbery
from the store's security system. The following is the
evidence admitted against Lenoir during trial.
The State first called Forrest, a part-time manager of the
Dollar General Store at the time of the robbery. Forrest
testified that she knew Lenoir because Lenoir's
girlfriend also worked at the same Dollar General store.
Forrest stated that Lenoir generally would go to the store
twice a day-once to drop his girlfriend off at work and once
to pick her up at the end of her shift.
Forest testified that she was working on the deposit in the
store's office on the night of the robbery. At that time,
two men, one wielding a gun, came into the store. Forrest
described one of the robbers as taller than the other. The
taller robber had the gun and wore a dark-colored, hooded
sweatshirt with shorts. Forrest stated that the other robber
wore a scarf across his face and had red-tipped,
After the robbers entered the store, Forrest recalled that
one of the men said, "Give us the money." At first,
Forrest thought two kids were playing a joke, but she later
became afraid after the taller man with the gun pointed the
weapon at Thomas as he exited the restroom. Now afraid,
Forrest stated that she was going to do "whatever they
asked me to do." Forrest then gave the men the money
from the cash registers and the safe in the front of the
After giving the men the money, Forrest believed the men
would leave; however, the men then demanded the money from
the office in the back of the store. Forrest testified that
the men "should not have known" about the money in
the back. Forrest then led the men to the back of the store,
accessible only through the employee break room, and gave the
men the money from the office. She also testified that the
men took each of the employees' cell phones and the store
At this point during Forrest's testimony, the State
played video-surveillance footage of the robbery. The footage
tracks Forrest's testimony. The video surveillance has no
audio of what was said during the commission of the robbery,
but it shows two men, one wielding a handgun, holding up the
employees and demanding money from the registers. The video
also shows Forrest leading the men to the back of the store.
At the conclusion of Forrest's testimony, the trial judge
admitted Forrest's recovered cell phone into evidence.
On cross-examination, Forrest admitted that she could not
identify Lenoir as one of the robbers. Forrest claimed she
could not see the men's faces at the time of the robbery,
and no ...