TREMAINE WHITTAKER A/K/A TREMAINE WHITAKER A/K/A TREMAINE A. WHITTAKER A/K/A TREMAINE A. WHITAKER APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 10/15/2012
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON. JEFF WEILL SR. TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
BENJAMIN A. SUBER GEORGE T. HOLMES DANIEL HINCHCLIFF
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
LAURA HOGAN TEDDER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: ROBERT SHULER SMITH
GRIFFIS, P.J., BARNES AND GREENLEE, JJ.
Tremaine Whittaker challenges his convictions for statutory
rape, sexual battery of a minor child, and gratification of
lust. The Hinds County Circuit Court sentenced him to serve
thirty years for statutory rape, thirty years for sexual
battery of a minor child, and fifteen years for gratification
of lust, with all three sentences to run concurrently in the
custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
He alleges that: (1) cumulative error deprived him of his
right to a fundamentally fair and impartial trial; (2) the
search warrant deprived him of his Fourth and Sixth Amendment
rights provided by the United States Constitution; and (3)
the circuit court erred in allowing the testimony from
Katherine Bullie and Jessica Jones. We affirm the conviction.
AND PROCEEDINGS BELOW
On a sunny morning in late spring of 2011, a
fourteen-year-old girl was waiting at her school-bus stop.
This young girl-whom we will refer to as "A.T." to
protect her identity-turned to see an unusual purple car
drive around the corner. She recognized the driver. He was
Tremaine Whittaker, a thirty-one-year-old man who had married
one of her close relatives and whose daughter was A.T.'s
best friend. Whittaker drove up to A.T., got out of the car,
and forced the young girl inside.
He drove A.T. to an apartment and dragged her into the
bedroom, where he inserted his penis into her vagina and
Whittaker then drove A.T. to her school around noon. He
signed her in and he used a different name. Because A.T. had
arrived late and Whittaker-not her registered guardian-had
dropped her off, school officials notified A.T.'s
guardians and law enforcement.
A.T. then relayed the events to Jackson Police Department
officials, and was taken to a hospital for examination and to
Children's Advocacy ...