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Robbins v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

August 1, 2017

EDWINA ROBBINS APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 09/15/2015

         PERRY 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 HOGAN TEDDER

          DISTRICT ATTORNEY: PATRICIA A. THOMAS BURCHELL

          BEFORE IRVING, P.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.

          IRVING, P.J.

         ¶1. 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 evidence.[1]

         ¶2. Finding no error, we affirm.

         FACTS

         ¶3. 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[2] under Mississippi Code Annotated section 97-1-1 (Rev. 2014). Specifically, the indictment alleged that on November 21, 2014, Robbins, Hinton, and Moody[3] 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[4] 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.

         ¶4. 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.

         ¶5. 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 ...


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