EDMOND DENTON REEVES A/K/A EDMOND D. REEVES APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 11/17/2016
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. DALE HARKEY JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: EDMOND DENTON REEVES (PRO SE)
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ABBIE E. KOONCE
GRIFFIS, P.J., CARLTON AND WILSON, JJ.
Edmond Denton Reeves appeals the dismissal of his motion for
post-conviction collateral relief (PCCR). We find no error
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Reeves was indicted on the charges of murder, first-degree
arson, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The
circuit court ordered a mental evaluation to determine
Reeves's sanity and competency to stand trial. Dr. W.
Criss Lott evaluated Reeves on May 14, 2013, and subsequently
issued a report.
Regarding competency, Dr. Lott opined, "Reeves has
sufficient present ability to consult with his attorney with
a reasonable degree of rational understanding in preparation
of his defense, and he has a rational as well as factual
understanding of the nature and object of the legal
proceedings against him." Additionally, regarding
sanity, Dr. Lott opined that although "Reeves suffers
from an addictive disorder and symptoms of mania and
paranoia, he would have known the nature and quality of his
alleged actions." Dr. Lott further opined, "Reeves
would have known the difference between right and wrong at
the time of the alleged offenses."
A competency hearing was subsequently held during which Dr.
Lott's findings and opinions were read into the record.
Dr. Lott's evaluation report was marked as an exhibit to
the hearing and admitted into evidence.
On October 17, 2013, Reeves signed a "waiver of
indictment and agreement to prosecution by information"
on the charge of second-degree murder. Thereafter, Reeves
entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder,
first-degree arson, and possession of a weapon by a convicted
felon. During the plea hearing, the State presented the basis
for the charges:
Your Honor, . . . the defendant is charged with second-degree
murder, having alleged on July 9, 2012, in George County,
Mississippi, at 158 Havard Road[, ] the defendant took two
weapons, a shotgun[, ] and shot Jarvis Reeves, his father, in
the chest[, ] and took a rifle and shot his father in the
head. His father died in the bedroom of that home.
In . . . Count II, arson, . . . the defendant is charged with
arson, first degree, an occupied dwelling house. We know the
fire started in the bedroom and burned the body of the
victim[, ] too.
In Count III, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon[, ]
in that on July 9, 2012, he possessed as a convicted felon a
shotgun and a Marlin rifle when he had previously been
convicted in the ...