CEDERIC YOUNG A/K/A CEDRIC YOUNG A/K/A CEDRIC DEMONE YOUNG A/K/A MONSTER SUPREME APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 04/24/2017
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. LEE J. HOWARD
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: SCOTT WINSTON COLOM
IRVING, P.J., FAIR, AND WILSON, JJ.
Cedric Young was convicted of armed robbery, attempted
murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was
sentenced to serve fifty years in the custody of the
Mississippi Department of Corrections. Young appeals his
convictions, arguing that the court erred in dismissing a
juror and that his counsel was ineffective. We find no abuse
of discretion in the court's juror dismissal. Because
Young's ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim is better
suited for a post-conviction relief motion, we dismiss his
claim without prejudice.
On January 23, 2015, Starkville Police responded to an alarm
at the B-Quik gas station in Starkville, Mississippi. When
police arrived, they found the gas-station attendant, Timothy
Crook, on the floor. He had been shot in the head. Crook was
conscious and could talk to police. When emergency medical
services arrived, they treated Crook, and he was transported
from the scene. Crook survived the gunshot wound, but he
later died from unrelated causes.
Greg Sharp, the store's owner, reviewed video
surveillance of the gas station, downloaded a copy, and
turned that copy of the video over to police. The video
showed a black male in a red hooded sweatshirt entering the
store, talking briefly, demanding money, and shooting Crook
in the head.
A shell casing was found behind the counter next to
Crook's feet. The bullet was found in the south window of
the store. No fingerprints of any value were found in the
area shown in the video.
Detective Jonathan Headley with the Starkville Police
Department reviewed the tape and contacted Reginald Cannon, a
paid informant who was on probation. Cannon watched the video
and identified the person who robbed the store as
"Monster" - Young's alias.
Detective Headley also showed the video of the incident to
Young's mother and sister, Cathy King and Jessica Young.
When Headley left King and Jessica alone in the room, a
camera caught the two questioning whether the person in the
video was Young, and arguably concluding that it was. King
testified to the contrary at trial, stating that the man on
the video was not Young. She testified that it was not his
walk or his voice. King further testified that she did not
recall saying that the man in the video was Young. On
cross-examination, she reiterated that she still believed the
person in the video was not Young. Jessica likewise ...