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Reeves v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

March 27, 2018

EDMOND DENTON REEVES A/K/A EDMOND D. REEVES APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 11/17/2016

          GEORGE 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

          BEFORE GRIFFIS, P.J., CARLTON AND WILSON, JJ.

          GRIFFIS, P.J.

         ¶1. Edmond Denton Reeves appeals the dismissal of his motion for post-conviction collateral relief (PCCR). We find no error and affirm.

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         ¶2. 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.

         ¶3. 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."

         ¶4. 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.

         ¶5. 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 ...

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