D'ANZOR JACKSON A/K/A D'ANZOR FERNON JACKSON A/K/A D'ANZOR F. JACKSON APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 05/18/2017
LOWNDES COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. LEE SORRELS COLEMAN JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
BENJAMIN ALLEN SUBER
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ALICIA MARIE AINSWORTH
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: SCOTT WINSTON COLOM
GRIFFIS, P.J., FAIR AND GREENLEE, JJ.
D'Anzor Jackson was convicted of burglary after a
neighbor, Precious Harris, said he entered her apartment,
exposed himself in front of her and her children, and made
several bizarre statements that could be interpreted as
sexual innuendos. While Harris was giving her statement to
the police, she spotted Jackson and identified him as the
perpetrator. After being forcibly restrained, Jackson claimed
to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Jackson was
convicted of burglary, and, on appeal, he contends the
verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence. We find no
merit to this argument, and we affirm Jackson's
conviction and sentence.
Harris testified that on May 10, 2015-Mother's Day-she
was watching television in her apartment with her two young
children. She heard the front door open, and when she got up
to investigate, she encountered a man in her apartment she
recognized as her neighbor. Though she did not know the
man's name at the time, she later identified him as
Jackson. Jackson asked for someone named "Ashley"
or "Ash-something." Harris told Jackson that the
person was not there, but Jackson walked past her and further
into her apartment. She followed Jackson, as did her
children, and she noticed that Jackson "had his penis
hanging out." Harris told Jackson to leave, and he
responded by grabbing her arm and pulling her toward him,
saying "God sent me to give you a Mother's Day
present." He then walked past Harris, looked at the
children, and said "your kids are here for a reason;
they [are] your angel[s]." Jackson then walked out of
the apartment, telling Harris, "I will be back."
Harris went to a neighbor's apartment and called the
police. As she was giving a statement to an investigator
outside, she saw Jackson approaching on foot. She identified
him as the man who had entered her apartment, and the
officers told Jackson to get on his knees. Jackson initially
complied, but when an officer tried to handcuff him, Jackson
rose. The officer tried to use a taser to subdue Jackson, but
Jackson got away from it and "took off."
The officers testified that Jackson approached them
aggressively and, after being hit with the taser, he
"shook it off" and advanced while
"rambling" and saying "distorted words, "
including "that he was Jesus Christ." Jackson fled
after being hit with a taser a second time. He was pursued
and eventually caught behind a nearby apartment complex. The
officers opined that Jackson appeared to be under the
influence of drugs.
Jackson, for his part, testified in his own defense. He
claimed that he and Harris were acquaintances, that he worked
with the father of her children and had been a guest in her
apartment several times before; but he denied that he had
entered her apartment that evening. He said, instead, that he
was heading to his mother's apartment next door when he
was approached aggressively by police officers. Jackson did
not realize he was suspected of a serious offense, and he
explained that he may have said "Jesus Christ" in
surprise or frustration while the officers demanded his name.
The officers responded to his initial hesitation by shooting
him with a taser. The officers continued tasing him after he
submitted, which prompted Jackson to flee. Jackson said he
may have been incoherent as a result of being repeatedly
shocked, but he admitted he had also used marijuana earlier.
He speculated that his marijuana may have been laced with
some more potent drug or that someone may have "slipped
something into his drink."
Jackson was convicted of burglary on the theory that he broke
into Harris's home "with the intent to commit the
crime of assault within." On appeal, Jackson challenges
the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction. In
reviewing the sufficiency of the evidence, "the relevant
question is whether, after viewing the evidence in the light
most favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact
could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a
reasonable doubt." Bush v. State, 895 So.2d
836, 843 (¶16) (Miss. 2005) (abrogated on other grounds
by Little v. State, 233 So.3d 288 (Miss. 2017)).
Where the facts and inferences "point in favor of the
defendant on any element of the offense with sufficient force
that reasonable [jurors] could not have found beyond a
reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty, " the
proper remedy is to reverse and render. Id. ...