TANYATTA KINNEL A/K/A TANYATTA TANAY KINNEL A/K/A TANYATTA KINNELL APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 05/11/2018
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. CHARLES E. WEBSTER TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
W. DANIEL HINCHCLIFF
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
LISA L. BLOUNT
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: BRENDA FAY MITCHELL
CARLTON, P.J., GREENLEE AND TINDELL, JJ.
Tanyatta Kinnel was convicted of conspiracy to commit armed
robbery and attempted armed robbery, and she was acquitted of
armed robbery. The trial court sentenced Kinnel to serve five
years for conspiracy and ten years with five years suspended
for attempted armed robbery, to be served concurrently in the
Mississippi Department of Corrections. After the denial of
her post-trial motion, Kinnel appealed, claiming the trial
court erred by allowing an investigator to narrate part of a
surveillance video at trial. Finding no reversible error, we
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On October 17, 2016, Derek Phillips picked up Barry McCray
(who lived in Memphis), and they drove to the Horseshoe
Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. When they arrived at the
casino, they shot dice at the craps table.
At some point during the evening, Phillips noticed a man (who
was later identified as Cortez Watts) and a woman (who was
later identified as Tanyatta Kinnel) at the blackjack table
behind him. Phillips's game was going well, and Cortez
asked him for a cigarette. As Phillips handed Cortez a
cigarette, Phillips said, "[I am] a boss." Then at
some point, Cortez disappeared, and Kinnel gave Phillips a
napkin with her phone number on it.
Phillips and McCray left the casino around 3 a.m. and stopped
at a gas station. While they were there, Phillips called
Kinnel so she would have his number. Because it was late,
Phillips and McCray planned to drive back to Memphis. But
Kinnel told Phillips that she had lost all of her money at
the casino and asked if he would bring her a Sprite from the
gas station. So Phillips went inside the store and purchased
a Sprite, cigarettes, and condoms. Then Kinnel gave him
directions to a nearby apartment complex-Kirby Estates.
When they arrived at the apartment complex, Kinnel and
another man (who was later identified as Javonta Watts)
approached Phillips's vehicle. Javonta said that he liked
Phillips's car. And then Kinnel asked Phillips to get out
so that he could give her a hug. When Phillips got out of the
vehicle, Cortez appeared and said, "You say you're
the boss, right? Let me get that money you just won." A
skirmish ensued until Cortez finally fell to the ground,
pulled out a gun, and shot Phillips in the neck. Meanwhile,
Javonta took McCray's cell phone. But McCray was able to
run away and call the police with his other cell phone.
At trial, Phillips testified that if Kinnel had not asked for
the Sprite, "none of this [would have] happened."
And she was the only reason he went to Kirby Estates.
Likewise, McCray testified that the reason they went to the