TRADARIUS PARKER A/K/A TRADARIUS KEONTA PARKER A/K/A TRADARIUS K. PARKER APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 02/13/2017
CLAIBORNE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC
DEFENDER HON. LAMAR PICKARD TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
BENJAMIN ALLEN SUBER GEORGE T. HOLMES
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ALICIA MARIE AINSWORTH
LEE, C.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Tradarius Parker was convicted of robbery in the Claiborne
County Circuit Court. Prior to his robbery trial, and in a
separate cause number, Parker pleaded guilty to receiving
stolen property. At Parker's sentencing hearing, the
trial court sentenced Parker as follows: eight years in the
custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC)
for the robbery conviction and five years in the custody of
the MDOC for the receiving stolen property conviction. The
trial court ordered that both sentences run concurrently.
Parker now appeals his convictions and sentence. Parker's
counsel filed a brief pursuant to the Mississippi Supreme
Court's holding in Lindsey v. State, 939 So.2d
743 (Miss. 2005), stating that he found no appealable issues.
After notice of the filing, Parker had the opportunity to
file a pro se brief, but he failed to do so. Finding
no error, we affirm the trial court's judgment.
On April 27, 2016, three men broke into Jessica
Joe-Cabblah's home in Claiborne County. At trial,
Joe-Cabblah told the jury that the men held her at knife
point and proceeded to take possessions from her home.
Joe-Cabblah admitted that the home was dark at the time and
that she could not distinguish the exact identity of the
assailants. Joe-Cabblah, however, told the jury at trial that
she identified Parker in a lineup as one of the assailants
based on his eyes and a tattoo on his face.
On April 28, 2016, Parker went to see Claiborne County
Detective James Jefferson. Parker waived his
Miranda rights and chose to make a statement to
the detective. His first statement denied any involvement.
Parker's second statement came on April 29, 2016, after
spending a night in the custody of the Claiborne Police
Department. In his second statement, Parker admitted knowing
about the robbery and being the driver of the vehicle
involved in the robbery.
A Claiborne County grand jury indicted Parker for robbery
using a deadly weapon, pursuant to Mississippi Code Annotated
section 97-3-79 (Rev. 2014) (Count I), and burglary, pursuant
to Mississippi Code Annotated section 97-17-23 (Rev. 2014)
(Count II). The State proceeded to prosecute Parker
only for the robbery charge.
At a trial held on January 17, 2017, the jury heard testimony
from Joe-Cabblah concerning what she saw on the night of the
robbery and pertaining to how she identified Parker. The jury
heard further testimony from Detective Jefferson. Detective
Jefferson told the jury that Parker had given two statements.
The second statement was taken after Parker had requested to
speak with Detective Jefferson. In that second statement,
Parker admitted driving the car, but he denied entering the
home and participating in the robbery of Joe-Cabblah's
At trial, Parker testified in his own defense. Parker stated
that on the night of the crime he came to Claiborne County
around 11:00 p.m. to drop his daughter off with her mother.
Parker denied any involvement in the robbery, consistent with
his first statement to the police. He later denied his second
statement to Detective Jefferson admitting involvement.
Parker claimed that he ...