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Chambliss v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

May 23, 2017

ROTHELL CHAMBLISS A/K/A ROTHEL CHAMBLISS APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 02/16/2016

         JEFFERSON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON. LAMAR PICKARD.

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY: JUSTIN TAYLOR COOK.

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY: JOSEPH SCOTT HEMLEBEN.

          DISTRICT ATTORNEY: ALEXANDER C. MARTIN.

          BEFORE GRIFFIS, P.J., CARLTON AND GREENLEE, JJ.

          CARLTON, J.

         ¶1. A Jefferson County jury convicted Rothell Chambliss of burglary of a dwelling, and the trial court subsequently sentenced Chambliss, as a habitual offender, to serve twenty-five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), without eligibility for parole or probation. See Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-81 (Rev. 2015).

         ¶2. Chambliss now appeals his conviction and sentence, asserting the following assignments of error: (1) the trial court erred when it denied his motion for a mistrial during voir dire, and (2) the trial court violated the United States Constitution's Confrontation Clause when it admitted testimony regarding "known" fingerprints of Chambliss. Finding no error, we affirm.

         FACTS

         ¶3. On August 29, 2015, Michael Dubois discovered that two campers on his property in Fayette, Mississippi, had been burglarized. Dubois observed that the campers had been broken into and cameras on the property had been stolen. Dubois purchased new cameras and installed them along the property.

         ¶4. When Dubois returned to the property on September 2, 2015, he discovered that someone had again broken into the campers. Dubois testified it appeared that someone entered the campers through the storage compartments. Dubois observed that televisions and other items had been removed from the campers. Dubois watched the footage from the new cameras he installed, and he pulled photographs of an individual walking around the property. Dubois then reported the burglary to the authorities.

         ¶5. Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputy James Bailey investigated the case and reviewed the photographs taken from the camera on Dubois's property. Deputy Bailey testified that, while reviewing the footage, he observed a black male, whom he recognized as Chambliss, on Dubois's property. Deputy Bailey then processed the scene and collected fingerprints, which he subsequently sent to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory for analysis.

         ¶6. Mike Hood, the forensic section chief of latent prints at the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, tested the latent prints collected from the crime scene and concluded they matched the "known prints" of Chambliss. Hood testified that he obtained Chambliss's known prints from the Mississippi criminal history system database.

         ¶7. On October 6, 2015, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Chambliss on one count of burglary of a dwelling in violation of Mississippi Code Annotated section 97-17-23 (Rev. 2014). Chambliss's indictment reflected his status as a habitual offender pursuant to section 99-19-81.

         ¶8. At a jury trial held on February 10, 2016, the jury heard testimony from Dubois, Deputy Bailey, Hood, and Chambliss. After the State rested its case-in-chief, Chambliss moved for a directed verdict, which the trial court denied. The trial court sentenced Chambliss as a habitual offender to twenty-five years in MDOC's custody. Chambliss filed an unsuccessful motion for a new ...


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