RODERICK TAYLOR A/K/A RODRICK TAYLOR A/K/A RODERICK KENYATTA TAYLOR SR. A/K/A GEORGE WILSON A/K/A RODERICK FLINSTONE TAYLOR A/K/A RODERICK K. TAYLOR A/K/A RODERICK KENYATTA TAYLOR A/K/A RODRICK K. TAYLOR APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 05/18/2017
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT HON. JEFF WEILL
SR. TRIAL JUDGE.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
GEORGE T. HOLMES
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ALICIA MARIE AINSWORTH
GRIFFIS, C.J., WILSON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Roderick Kenyatta Taylor was charged with aggravated domestic
violence, which is a charge for assault under Mississippi
Code Annotated section 97-3-7(4) (Rev. 2014), in the Circuit
Court of Hinds County. Taylor's first jury trial resulted
in a mistrial; however, Taylor's second trial resulted in
a conviction. Taylor was sentenced to life without
eligibility for parole as a habitual offender in the custody
of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Taylor
filed a motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict
(JNOV), or in the alternative, for a new trial, which the
trial court denied. Taylor appeals. After our review of the
record, we affirm.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
After attending to a motor-vehicle accident on Bailey Avenue,
on January 8, 2016, Jackson Police Officer Sam Dukes noticed
Melanie Waddell nearby. Officer Dukes testified that dispatch
notified him of a white female in distress in that particular
area. Officer Dukes approached Waddell and noticed that she
was in disarray, sweating profusely, and badly bruised.
Waddell informed Officer Dukes that she had been involved in
a physical altercation with her husband, Taylor.
An ambulance arrived to transport Waddell to the hospital for
treatment. While there, Waddell was questioned by Detective
Ellas Thomas. Detective Thomas testified that Waddell
informed her that Taylor had beaten her because she was
leaving him and filing for a divorce. Waddell also informed
Stephanie Horn, a crime-scene investigator with the Jackson
Police Department, that Taylor had beaten her with a pole or
wall level, kicked her, and hit her in the face. Waddell also
maintained that several of her injuries were sustained while
Taylor was beating her in a car.
While being questioned by the police, Taylor admitted to
being involved in a physical altercation with Waddell. Taylor
was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence.
At the first trial, Waddell maintained that she was assaulted
by two women in a park and not by Taylor. Although
Taylor's first trial resulted in a mistrial, Taylor's
second trial resulted in a conviction. Subsequently, Taylor
filed a JNOV motion, or in the alternative, for a new trial,
which the trial court denied. Taylor appeals.
Admissibility of Prior Bad-Acts Evidence
Taylor asserts that the trial court erred in admitting
evidence of his prior bad acts under Mississippi Rule of
Evidence 404(b) through the testimony of Lona Clay, his
former paramour, and through the State's closing
argument. "Our well-established standard of review for
the trial court's admission or suppression of evidence,
including expert testimony, is abuse of discretion."
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