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Edwards v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

February 20, 2018

AMOS HENRY EDWARDS A/K/A AMOS EDWARDS APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 02/16/2017

         SCOTT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. CHRISTOPHER A. COLLINS, Judge

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY: HUNTER N. AIKENS

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY: ABBIE EASON KOONCE DISTRICT

          ATTORNEY: MARK SHELDON DUNCAN

          BEFORE GRIFFIS, P.J., WESTBROOKS AND TINDELL, JJ.

          GRIFFIS, P.J.

         ¶1. Amos Henry Edwards was convicted of sexual battery and sentenced to twenty-five years, with five years suspended, leaving twenty years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, followed by five years of supervised probation. Edwards was ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay all court costs and fees. Following the denial of his post-trial motion, Edwards appeals.

         ¶2. The only issue Edwards has raised is that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. Edwards's ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim is more appropriate for a post-conviction proceeding; therefore, we affirm.

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         ¶3. In April 2016, Edwards was eighteen years old. He lived in an apartment with his father, his father's girlfriend, Pamela, and Pamela's seven-year-old grandson, Trey.[1] Trey testified that, on April 22, 2016, he went into Edwards's bedroom and asked Edwards to play. Edwards was on the bed taking pictures of himself with his cell phone. Edwards told Trey, "first [you've] got to do this and then we can play, the middle spot." In other words, Edwards told Trey to "suck on that, the middle spot." Edwards then took off his clothes, grabbed Trey's head, and put Trey's head under the covers. Trey testified that Edwards's penis went inside his mouth for "a short time, " until Pamela walked into the room.

         ¶4. Pamela testified that she went into Edwards's bedroom and saw Edwards in the bed with one hand in the air holding a cell phone and the other hand under the covers holding Trey's head down around Edwards's private area. Pamela called Trey's mother and the police.

         ¶5. Morton police officer Willie Anderson responded to the call. Pamela testified that as Anderson was escorting Edwards out of the apartment, Edwards said, "I'm sorry for what I did. I don't know what happened. . . . I'm sorry." Anderson confirmed that Edwards said he was sorry for what he did and that he knew better.

         ¶6. On April 27, 2016, Investigator Marcus McDougle interviewed Edwards. Edwards signed a waiver-of-rights form that stated he understood his rights and wished to speak with McDougle. At the time of the interview, Edwards had been in custody for five days without an ...


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