CONWAY E. DENNIS A/K/A CONWAY EARL DENNIS A/K/A KC APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 02/01/2017
FORREST COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. ROBERT B. HELFRICH TRIAL
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
W. DANIEL HINCHCLIFF
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
LAURA H. TEDDER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: PATRICIA A. THOMAS BURCHELL
GRIFFIS, P.J., WILSON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Conway E. Dennis appeals his conviction of aggravated assault
and argues the circuit court failed to properly instruct the
jury regarding the elements of the crime. We find no error
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On the night of September 22, 2015, Jerome Wolfe was injured
when he was run over by a minivan driven by Dennis.
Dennis's girlfriend, Shayla Williams, once dated Wolfe,
and the two were the parents of a daughter. Earlier that
evening, Williams went to see Wolfe to pick up some money for
their daughter. According to Wolfe, he and Williams were
"intimate." While with Wolfe, Williams received a
phone call from Dennis. Williams and Dennis began to argue,
and Williams subsequently left Wolfe's apartment.
Shortly thereafter, Dennis and Williams returned to the
apartment. Dennis was driving a blue minivan, and Williams
was in the passenger seat. When Dennis and Williams arrived
at the apartment, Wolfe and his friend Damien Dawkins were
outside. Dennis parked the vehicle about ten feet from the
apartment door, blocking the exit to the apartment complex.
As Dennis exited the vehicle, he and Wolfe began to argue. A
verbal altercation occurred with threats of a
As Wolfe was walking toward the street in preparation for a
fight, he heard Dawkins yell. Wolfe turned around and saw
Dennis in the minivan. Wolfe was standing behind the minivan
and could see Dennis's eyes in the vehicle's side
mirror. According to Wolfe, Dennis was looking directly at
him. Dennis backed up the minivan and ran over Wolfe. Dennis
then drove the minivan forward and, once again, backed over
Wolfe. Dennis subsequently sped off. As a result of the
incident, Wolfe suffered injuries including a broken hip, two
sprained ankles, and an abrasion to his left ear.
Following the incident, Dennis was apprehended and
interviewed by Detective Jeremy Dunaway with the Hattiesburg
Police Department. Dennis provided a statement to Detective
Dunaway. According to Dennis, when he arrived at the
apartment, two men, one being Wolfe, approached the minivan.
Dennis felt threatened and thought he was being
"ambushed." As a result, Dennis proceeded to back
up the vehicle in order to leave the apartment complex.
Dennis stated he knew he had hit something but did not know
that he had hit Wolfe.
At trial, Williams testified on behalf of Dennis. Williams
denied that Dennis intended to hit Wolfe. When Williams told
Dennis that he had hit Wolfe, Dennis responded, ...