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Martin v. State

Supreme Court of Mississippi

August 1, 2019

BRUCE DOUGLAS MARTIN a/k/a BRUCE DOUGLAS MARTIN, JR. a/k/a BRUCE D. MARTIN
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 05/01/2018

          MADISON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT TRIAL JUDGE: HON. WILLIAM E. CHAPMAN, III

          TRIAL COURT ATTORNEYS: HEATHER MARIE ABY L. ABRAHAM ROWE, JR. BRYAN P. BUCKLEY JOHN K. BRAMLETT, JR. JOEY WAYNE MAYES.

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY: ERIN E. BRIGGS.

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY: BARBARA BYRD.

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

          RANDOLPH, CHIEF JUSTICE.

         ¶1. Bruce Martin was found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of James Dwight Brown and was sentenced to serve forty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Martin argues that the trial court abused its discretion in allowing two autopsy photographs to be published to the jury. Finding no error, we affirm Martin's conviction and sentence.

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         ¶2. Martin was indicted for Brown's murder after beating him to death. Brown, who had only one leg, used his prosthesis, crutches, a rolling cart, or a scooter to get around. When he was at home, he often removed his prosthetic leg and got around just by scooting on the ground. At the time of his death, Brown had been dating Martin's mother, Sandra Patrick, for approximately fifteen years.

         ¶3. During the investigation, officers learned that Martin and Brown had been in an argument the night of Brown's death that had turned physical. The investigation identified Martin as the aggressor. Brown, who was not wearing his prosthetic leg, attempted to retreat to the bedroom.

         ¶4. Tasha Hontz, Martin's sister, testified that her mother called her, hysterical, the night of the argument and said, "BJ's[1] beat Dwight." Hontz hung up with her mother and immediately called 911. Hontz and her husband drove to her mother's home. Hontz testified that her mother came out of the house and said, "BJ's beat Dwight and he never tried to fight back."

         ¶5. Martin was arrested and photographed the next day by the police. Detective Michael Magahey testified that Martin had no injuries on his face, head, neck, or torso. He did have abrasions on his hands and forearms. After Martin was read his rights, he admitted beating and stomping Brown.[2] Magahey testified that Martin bragged about giving Brown a "country boy ass whooping." Magahey found no evidence at the crime scene that Martin had acted in self-defense.

         ¶6. As a result of Magahey's investigation, Martin was charged with murder. A jury found Martin guilty of second-degree murder, ...


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