OF JUDGMENT: 04/12/2018
FROM WHICH APPEALED: SHARKEY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON.
ISADORE W. PATRICK, JR.
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
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: RICHARD EARL SMITH, JR.
RANDOLPH, C.J., ISHEE AND GRIFFIS, JJ.
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.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
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.
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.
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).
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 ...