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Knight v. State

Supreme Court of Mississippi

May 30, 2019

LARRY KNIGHT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 04/12/2018

          COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: SHARKEY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON. ISADORE W. PATRICK, JR.

          TRIAL COURT ATTORNEYS: LEIGH ANNE KETTLEMAN CADE, ANGELA TERINA CARPENTER, HERBERT SMITH CARRAWAY, III

          ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER GEORGE T. HOLMES PHILLIP W. BROADHEAD

          ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ABBIE EASON KOONCE

          DISTRICT ATTORNEY: RICHARD EARL SMITH, JR.

          BEFORE RANDOLPH, C.J., ISHEE AND GRIFFIS, JJ.

          GRIFFIS, JUSTICE

         ¶1. Larry Knight was convicted of one count of molestation and was sentenced to serve fifteen years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Knight appealed, and his attorneys filed a brief under Lindsey v. State, 939 So.2d 743 (Miss. 2005). In the brief, Knight's attorneys state that they searched the record but were unable to find any arguable issues for appellate review. Knight was given the opportunity to file a pro se brief, but he declined. This Court has reviewed the record and finds no error. Accordingly, we affirm.

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         ¶2. Knight, a Mississippi native, lived in Illinois for several years. While in Illinois, Knight began an online relationship with Lisa Cartlidge. Knight eventually moved to Sharkey County, Mississippi, in order to pursue his relationship with Lisa. Lisa and her two minor children, Mary and Betsy, moved in with Knight.[1]

         ¶3. On Sunday, August 7, 2016, Mary and Betsy spent the day with their maternal relatives because Lisa and Knight had to work. Betsy attended church with her aunts and cousins. Mary was not feeling well, so she stayed at her grandmother's house. After church, Mary and Betsy, along with other family members, went to their aunt's house for lunch.

         ¶4. During lunch, one of Mary's aunts noticed that Mary was acting "out of the ordinary" and asked her what was wrong. Mary did not initially respond. When her aunt asked again what was wrong, Mary started to cry and advised that Knight had inappropriately touched her. Betsy, who was in the same room as Mary and overheard what Mary said about Knight, also advised that Knight had inappropriately touched her. The allegations regarding Mary and Knight were later reported to the Department of Child Protection Services (CPS).

         ¶5. On August 8, 2016, Jessie Williams, a social worker with CPS, received a report of abuse about Mary and Knight, but she received no report about Betsy. Williams interviewed Mary, who advised that Knight "had been touching her inappropriately by licking her breasts and touching her between her legs." Williams also spoke with Betsy, who said that she had not seen or witnessed ...


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