DERRICK RAMONE HALL a/k/a DERRICK HALL a/k/a DERRICK R. HALL
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
OF JUDGMENT: 05/23/2017
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. M. JAMES CHANEY, JR.
COURT ATTORNEYS: RICHARD EARL SMITH, JR. MARCIE TANNER
SOUTHERLAND STEPHEN LEE McMILLIN KIMBERLY WALKER NAILOR
MICHAEL ELIAS WINFIELD
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
GEORGE T. HOLMES
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL BY: ALICIA MARIE AINSWORTH
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: RICHARD EARL SMITH, JR.
RANDOLPH, P.J., KING AND ISHEE, JJ.
In May 2017, Derrick Hall was convicted by a jury of
first-degree murder in the Warren County Circuit Court. Due
to his status as a habitual offender, Hall was sentenced to
serve life in prison. Having his posttrial motion for a
judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV) denied by the
circuit court, Hall now seeks relief from this Court. Finding
no error, we affirm.
OF FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On the night of May 6, 2015, Kathryn Peacock was found dead
in her home, the apparent victim of a gruesome murder.
Peacock was nude and had suffered more than thirty stab
wounds to her neck and throat, as well as defensive wounds to
her arms and hands.
Peacock's body was discovered by her boyfriend at the
time, Devonzell Morgan. Morgan had last seen Peacock the
night before, May 5, 2015. He stated that he and Peacock had
gone out for dinner, then returned to her home afterward. And
around 5:30 p.m., Morgan left Peacock's home for the
evening. He texted her "good night" later that
night, to which Peacock responded "good night." The
following morning, Morgan texted her "good morning,
" to which she replied around 6:40 a.m.
When Morgan left work around 11:00 a.m., he texted Peacock
several times but received no reply. Around 3:00 p.m., he
again tried texting Peacock, to no avail. Morgan then called
Peacock, but she did not answer or return any of his texts.
Worried, Morgan and his brother, Matthew, drove to
Peacock's home to check on her.
When they arrived, Morgan knocked on Peacock's door, but
no one answered. He then knocked on her window with a broom
and eventually went to check her door. Morgan claimed that
Peacock had three locks on her door, which she always
used-but when Morgan checked, the door was unlocked.
Concerned, he entered Peacock's home and began looking
for her. Morgan then discovered Peacock's nude body on
her bathroom floor, with her lower half covered by bath
drapes. Shocked, Morgan touched Peacock on the shoulder and
said, "Kat." He then closed her eyes, and ran
outside to alert Matthew. Once Morgan informed Matthew of his
discovery, the two reentered Peacock's home-Matthew saw
Peacock's body and immediately ran back outside. Morgan
then used Peacock's phone to call 911.
Police arrived on scene and found a distraught Morgan sitting
on the curb. Noticing no signs of forced entry, police then
entered Peacock's home and noted blood in a variety of
locations, including blood-transfer patterns throughout the
kitchen, on the floor leading into Peacock's bedroom, and
in the bathroom where she was found. Investigators also
identified a bloody shoe print on the kitchen floor. Upon
inspection, it was determined that the print was made as
someone left Peacock's home and derived from a Danskin
brand shoe. The print did not match the shoes worn by
From inside Peacock's home, investigators collected the
following: (1) a bloody, white tank top, found in a clothes
basket; (2) a long-handled steak knife with a bent tip and
what appeared to be blood, which was found under clothes on
the floor; and (3) a pair of bloody, women's underwear,
located in the bathroom's garbage can. In addition,
investigators observed cleaning supplies in the bathroom,
surmising that a clean-up attempt had been made.
Moving outside Peacock's home, investigators searched her
vehicle, which was parked in her driveway. Found inside her
car was a pair of Nike Air Jordans and a white t-shirt, both
of which had blood on them. A spot of blood was noted on the
back seat, and a Brillo pad with what appeared to be
carpet-like fibers within it was found.
That same evening, investigators were approached by
Hall's mother, Jovita Hall, who lived nearby. Jovita told
investigators that she had seen Hall wearing clothes in her
home earlier that day that she knew were not his because they
were too small for him. This information rendered Hall a
possible suspect. As a result, investigators obtained a
search warrant for Jovita's home and seized the following
items: (1) a pair of black Danskin shoes, with blood on them;
(2) a pair of black stretch pants, with blood on them; and
(3) a brown tank top. When inspected, the soles of the
Danskin shoes matched the bloody shoe print identified in
Peacock's kitchen. While at Jovita's, investigators
also seized a pair of gold Levi jeans, which also had blood