KAREN FARR A/K/A KAREN LEE FARR A/K/A KAREN L. FARR APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 03/24/2016
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. ANDREW K. HOWORTH JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: KAREN FARR (PRO SE)
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ALICIA MARIE AINSWORTH
IRVING, P.J., BARNES AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Karen Farr pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated
assault in the Marshall County Circuit Court. Subsequently,
Farr, acting pro se, filed a motion for post-conviction
relief (PCR) and asserted the following issues: (1) she did
not receive a "Motion of Discovery, " despite
repeated requests; (2) she was coerced into pleading guilty;
(3) she received ineffective assistance of counsel; (4) law
enforcement was negligent in failing to arrest the victim,
Ronnie Perry, on several outstanding warrants, which could
have prevented his death; (5) Perry's role as a
confidential drug informant for Marshall County law
enforcement created a conflict of interest in her case; and
(6) the "interests of justice" warrant a reduction
in her sentence. The circuit court denied Farr's motion,
and she filed this appeal. Finding no error, we affirm.
Farr was indicted on one count of murder for deliberately
striking Perry with her vehicle, causing his death, and for
one count of leaving the scene after striking him. While out
on bail, Farr was charged with the crime of aggravated
assault, and her bail was subsequently revoked.
On March 6, 2013, Farr entered a guilty plea to a lesser
charge of manslaughter. The State agreed to retire to the
files the second charge of leaving the scene. Farr also
pleaded guilty to the aggravated-assault charge that she
incurred while out on bail. The court conducted a plea
hearing on both the manslaughter and aggravated-assault
charges, and accepted Farr's guilty pleas with respect to
both. The court sentenced Farr to serve twenty years in the
custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC)
for manslaughter, with none suspended, and twenty years for
aggravated assault, with fifteen years suspended, five years
to serve, and five years of post-release supervision. The
sentences were ordered to run consecutively.
On March 7, 2016, Farr filed her PCR motion,  which the trial
court denied on March 28, 2016. Farr filed a letter on April
3, 2016, in which she requested information about how to
proceed since the circuit court had denied her PCR motion.
The circuit court interpreted this letter as a notice of
"A trial court's dismissal of a PCR motion will not
be reversed absent a finding that the trial court's
decision was clearly erroneous." Stokes v.
State, 199 So.3d 745, 748 (¶7) (Miss. Ct. App.
2016) (citation omitted). "However, when issues of law
are raised, the proper standard of review is de novo."
Id. (citation omitted).
Farr sets forth six issues in her appellate brief; however,
she fails to cite to any authority for any of those issues.
"As an appellate court, we are not required to consider
an argument which is not supported by authority."
Doss v. State, 956 So.2d 1100, 1102 (¶7) (Miss.
Ct. App. 2007) (citation omitted). An argument on appeal
"shall contain the contentions of appellant with respect
to the issues presented, and the reasons for those
contentions, with citations to the authorities, statutes, and
parts of the record relied on." M.R.A.P. 28(a)(7). While
we will not ignore a meritorious claim simply because it is
inartfully drafted, the deficiencies in Farr's brief
transcend beyond mere inartful drafting. See Hill v.
State, 940 So.2d 972, 974 ...