JERAMI WILLIAMS A/K/A JERAMI WARDELL WILLIAMS A/K/A JERAMI W. WILLIAMS A/K/A JERAMY WARDELL WILLIAMS APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 11/20/2014
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. FORREST A. JOHNSON JR. TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
GEORGE T. HOLMES
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
JOSEPH SCOTT HEMLEBEN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: RONNIE LEE HARPER
IRVING, P.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
An Adams County jury convicted Jerami Williams of burglary of
a dwelling, and the Adams County Circuit Court sentenced
Jerami as a habitual offender to serve twenty-five years in
the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections
(MDOC). See Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-81 (Rev.
2015). Jerami now appeals his conviction and sentence and
asserts that his trial counsel was ineffective, thus
violating his constitutional right to a fair trial. We
decline to address the merits of Jerami's
ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim on direct appeal in
this case, and we accordingly affirm the trial court's
On July 8, 2013, Christopher Williams awoke around
approximately 1:30 a.m. to discover two men kicking in one of
the doors to the home he shared with his father. Christopher
testified that he recognized both men: Travon Williams, who
lived in Christopher's neighborhood, and another man, who
he recognized as a former coworker of his father. Christopher
did not know the man's name at the time. Christopher
testified that the two men entered the house, unaware of his
presence. Christopher then left the house unnoticed and
walked down the street to his cousin's house to call the
Christopher stated that the police arrived ten minutes later,
and he then returned to his house where he witnessed police
officers enter his home and walk out with Travon Williams.
While standing outside of his house, Christopher observed a
green Mitsubishi automobile drive past the house, and he
alerted the police about the vehicle. Christopher testified
that he could not see inside of the vehicle due to the tinted
Christopher provided a statement to the police officers. They
showed Christopher a photo lineup, where Christopher
identified Jerami as the other burglar whose name he did not
know. At trial, Christopher identified Jerami as one of the
men he witnessed breaking into his house.
Officer Paulesha McBride of the Natchez Police Department
responded to the call regarding the burglary on July 8, 2013.
Officer McBride testified that she and several other officers
entered Christopher's home and encountered Travon hiding
in a closet. As a result of questioning Travon, the officers
discovered the identity of the second man suspected of
breaking into the house: Jerami. Officer McBride further
testified that based on information provided by Travon, the
officers began looking for a green two-door car.
Officer McBride stated that while en route back to the police
station, she observed an unattended green automobile parked
at an Exxon gas station which fit the description of the
vehicle described by Travon. Officer ...