OF JUDGMENT: 09/15/2015
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. ROBERT B. HELFRICH TRIAL JUDGE.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER, BY:
HUNTER NOLAN AIKENS
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, BY: LAURA
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: PATRICIA A. THOMAS BURCHELL
IRVING, P.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Edwina Robbins appeals the judgment of the Perry County
Circuit Court adjudicating her guilty of robbery. She argues
that the trial court erred by admitting a witness's
testimony. In addition, she argues that the evidence was
insufficient to support the verdict, or alternatively, the
verdict was against the overwhelming weight of the
Finding no error, we affirm.
On February 2, 2015, a Perry County grand jury returned a
joint indictment against Robbins, Jonathan Hinton, and Samuel
Moody, charging them with one count of armed robbery under
Mississippi Code Annotated section 97-3-79 (Rev. 2014) and
one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery under Mississippi
Code Annotated section 97-1-1 (Rev. 2014). Specifically, the
indictment alleged that on November 21, 2014, Robbins,
Hinton, and Moody robbed Lisa Barnes of her car keys and
approximately forty dollars by the exhibition of a knife.
Hinton pleaded guilty and testified as a witness for the
State in Robbins's trial. The charges against Moody were
still pending at the time of Robbins's trial. Jaylon
Bolton, Robbins's daughter's boyfriend, was present
during the robbery but was not charged. He testified during
Robbins's trial. Although the facts were disputed in
several aspects and the testimony conflicting in some
instances as to the extent of Robbins's involvement in
the robbery, all of the witnesses' testimonies were
consistent with respect to the following facts:
On November 21, 2014, Barnes went to Robbins's home to
discuss a debt that she owed Robbins for drugs-crack cocaine-
that Robbins had purchased for her. After talking with Barnes
for a few minutes, Robbins stepped into another room, leaving
Barnes sitting at her kitchen table. Barnes was then struck
from behind in the head and neck by Hinton. Hinton threatened
Barnes with a knife during the encounter. Hinton then took
from Barnes, or was given, forty dollars. Robbins returned
from the other room while Hinton held Barnes, threatening her
and telling her to give him money.
Hinton testified that he searched Barnes's shirt for
money and that she gave him forty dollars out of her pocket;
he took her car keys. He then went out to Barnes's
vehicle to search her purse for anything of value. He stated
that he gave the keys to Moody and the knife to Bolton, so he
could hide it. He also testified that prior to Barnes's
arrival, Robbins had told him that a white lady was coming
over to buy drugs, and she wanted him to rob her.
After the robbery, Barnes left and went to a friend's
house because she was scared to go back to her home. She
called the police later that night and ...