CLYDE CHATMAN, JR. A/K/A CLYDE CHATMAN A/K/A LITTLE CLYDE APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 02/26/2016
FOR REHEARING FILED DATE: 10/31/2017
COAHOMA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. CHARLES E. WEBSTER
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
JUSTIN TAYLOR COOK
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
LAURA HOGAN TEDDER DISTRICT
ATTORNEY: BRENDA FAY MITCHELL
OPINION ON MOTION FOR REHEARING
The motion for rehearing is denied. The previous opinion of
this Court is withdrawn, and this opinion is substituted in
Clyde Chatman was convicted of the murder of Patrick Williams
and sentenced to life imprisonment with eligibility for
parole. After his post-trial motions were denied, he
appealed, arguing the sufficiency and weight of the evidence
do not support the verdict, and testimony regarding an
accomplice's statement to law enforcement violated his
right to confront witnesses under the Confrontation Clause.
Finding no error, we affirm.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On the evening of March 27, 2012, Williams was visiting his
girlfriend, Tanedra Christian, in Jonestown, Mississippi.
While the two were talking and kissing on her front porch, a
white car drove by her house, turned around, and came back up
the road. Williams abruptly left and walked up the road
toward his house, ignoring Christian's calling out after
him. A few minutes later, Christian heard gunshots. Larry
Wiley, a neighbor, and Toshema Crosby, the owner of a nearby
gas station, also heard shooting, and Crosby found Williams
lying on the ground outside her store with gunshot wounds.
When she asked Williams who shot him, he replied: "Those
mother f***ers from Friars Point." Crosby called 911 and
contacted Williams's aunt, Shamon Williams. When Shamon
arrived, Williams told her that "Little Clyde and
them" had shot him and that they were driving a
"white car." The first officer on the scene was
Deputy Stephen James, who heard Williams say, "I'm
gonna get those mother f***ers. They shot me." Williams
died at the scene.
Law enforcement recovered .25-caliber shell casings in the
road nearby; forensic testing indicated the casings were all
fired from the same gun. By the following day, law
enforcement had arrested Friars Point residents Chatman, John
Battle, and Reginald Cox for Williams's murder. The three
suspects were tested for gunshot residue (GSR) and submitted
buccal swabs. Law enforcement also tested a white Crown
Victoria titled to Chatman's mother for GSR and
fingerprints, as well as a glove found in the back seat. A
search was conducted for the weapon in Friars Point,
Mississippi, but it was never located.
On May 30, 2013, Chatman, Battle, and Cox were co-indicted
for deliberate-design murder. See Miss. Code Ann.
§ 97-3-19(1)(a) (Rev. 2006). Chatman and Cox were tried
on February 16-18, 2016, in Coahoma County Circuit
Christian, Williams's girlfriend, testified that before
Williams left her home, he said "something about he was
tired of something." She also testified that Chatman had
expressed a romantic interest in her, bringing her a toy bear
and flowers on Valentine's Day. Shameka Cox, Cox's
mother, also lived in Jonestown and said Cox and Chatman had
visited her that evening. She noted it was odd since Cox
never came to visit her.
Deputy Fernando Bee of the Coahoma County Sheriff's
Department testified he had seen Chatman driving a white
Crown Victoria in Jonestown the night Williams was shot. He
noted two persons in the car with Chatman. Deputy Bee, who
was off duty, was talking with another individual in the yard
of a Jonestown home when he heard shooting. After he learned
Williams had been shot, he went home to get ready for work
and then returned to the scene. Chatman's sister later
phoned Deputy Bee to inform him that Chatman wanted to turn
A forensic pathologist, Dr. Mark LeVaughn, testified that
Williams sustained three gunshot wounds: two to the right
side of his back, and one to the right forearm. He determined
the shots were not fired at close range. DNA results for the
rear passenger-door grip of the Crown Victoria and the glove
found in the car "contained a profile consistent"
with Chatman. Forensic testing also revealed "particles
indicative of gunshot residue" on Chatman's palms.
There were also GSR particles found on Battle's and
Cox's hands and located "behind [the] driver seat
Chatman testified that he was in Jonestown, driving the white
Crown Victoria with the windows down. His version of events
was that Williams ran up to his car and "attacked"
him. Then Chatman heard gunshots and saw Battle shooting a
gun. In shock, he drove home to Friars Point. He denied
having a gun and shooting Williams. He admitted that he liked
Christian, claiming the two had relations in the past. He had
planned to drive by ...