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Williamson v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

June 5, 2018

DANIEL WILLIAMSON A/K/A DANIEL LARRY WILLIAMSON A/K/A DANIEL L. WILLIAMSON APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 04/17/2017

          NESHOBA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. CHRISTOPHER A. COLLINS TRIAL JUDGE

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: DANIEL WILLIAMSON (PRO SE)

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY: SCOTT STUART

          BEFORE LEE, C.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.

          CARLTON, J.

         ¶1. 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.

         ¶2. 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).

         FACTS

         ¶3. 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.

         ¶4. 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 office.

         ¶5. 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."

         ¶6. 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.

         ¶7. 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 suitcases, ...


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