DANIEL WILLIAMSON A/K/A DANIEL LARRY WILLIAMSON A/K/A DANIEL L. WILLIAMSON APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 04/17/2017
NESHOBA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. CHRISTOPHER A. COLLINS
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: DANIEL WILLIAMSON (PRO SE)
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
LEE, C.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Daniel Williamson pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter
and one count of arson. The Neshoba County Circuit Court
accepted Williamson's guilty plea and sentenced him to
serve twenty years in the custody of the Mississippi
Department of Corrections for his manslaughter conviction and
twenty years for his arson conviction, with the sentences to
run consecutively, for a total of forty years to serve.
Williamson filed a motion for postconviction relief (PCR),
which the trial court dismissed as a successive writ,
duplicitous request, and lacking merit. Williamson now
appeals, arguing that the State failed to meet its burden of
proving that Williamson committed a crime. Finding no error,
we affirm the trial court's dismissal of Williamson's
PCR motion as a successive writ. See Miss. Code Ann.
§ 99-39-23(6) (Rev. 2015).
In May 2013, a Neshoba County grand jury indicted Williamson
with one count of murder and one count of arson stemming from
the death of Williamson's girlfriend, Terri Gwyn.
During Williamson's trial held on November 11, 2013, the
trial court heard testimony from four witnesses for the
State: Terry Cremeen, Williamson's coworker; Tiffany
Miller, Gwyn's close friend; Ralph Sciple, chief
investigator for the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department;
and Pete Adcock, a deputy at the State Fire Marshal's
Cremeen testified that on the morning of March 2, 2013, he
arrived at Williamson's trailer to give him a ride to
work. Williamson was waiting outside of his trailer holding a
box of moonshine. Cremeen testified that Williamson put the
moonshine in the back of Cremeen's truck and told Cremeen
that he needed to go back inside to get his lunch box. After
about ten minutes, Williamson came back outside carrying a
cooler and got into Cremeen's truck. Cremeen testified
that as he backed up to leave, he observed flames coming from
the bedroom of the trailer. Cremeen yelled at Williamson to
call 911, and he asked Williamson if anyone was inside of the
trailer. Williamson answered "Yes. My old lady."
Tiffany Miller testified that Gwyn and Williamson lived
together in a trailer and were in a romantic relationship.
According to Miller, Gwyn called her a little over a week
before the fire and informed her that she and Williamson had
gotten into a fight. Gwyn told Miller that she had made plans
to move out of the trailer and back to North Carolina, but
she did not want Williamson to know. Miller stated that a few
days before the fire, she went over to the trailer to help
Gwyn pack. Gwyn told Miller that she planned to leave on
Saturday, March 2, 2013, after Williamson left for work.
Investigator Sciple testified that on March 2, 2013, he
received a call to assist on a fire investigation at
Williamson's trailer. When he entered the trailer,
Investigator Sciple stated that he observed three or four
suitcases in the living room, "like somebody was either
mov[ing] in or fixing to leave." Investigator Sciple
testified that when he entered the bedroom, "[t]here was
a body still on the bed, " and he described the body as
"burnt beyond recognition." Investigator Sciple
stated that he found a purse in the living room, next to the