Supreme Court of Mississippi Decisions 2020

Joshua Eric Hawk Clark a/k/a Joshua Clark v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-00411-SCT
Joshua Clark's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. All Justices Agree. Order entered on 5/21/20.
Frankie L. Williams a/k/a Frankie Williams a/k/a Frankie Lee Williams v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01488-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Frankie L. Williams was granted by order of the Court on November 12, 2019. Upon further consideration, the Court finds that there is no need for further review and that the writ of certiorari is hereby dismissed on the Court's own motion. To Dismiss: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered.
Ray Virgil, Barbara Lloyd and Cassandra Johnson v. Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01133-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by the Appellants is denied. Randolph, C.J., and Kitchens, P.J., not participating.
Zundria D. Crawford v. The Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2018-CC-00959
The Motion for Recusal of Justices and to Stay or Suspend Proceedings and Briefing Schedule filed by Zundria D. Crawford, pro se, is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered on 5/21/20.
Bobby W. Anderson v. Jerry Fisher, Edsel Fisher, Woodley D. Fisher and Raymond L. Fisher, and All Other Person/Entities Having or Claiming any Legal or Equitable Right, Title, or Interest in the Following Described Property: Lots 29 and 30 in Section 4, Township 16 North, Range 4 East; and Lots 1 and 2 in Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 4 East; located in the Second Judicial District of Carroll County, Mississippi
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00707-SCT
Bobby Anderson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell and Griffis, JJ. Order entered on 5/21/20.
Starkville Lodging, LLC v. Mississippi Transportation Commission
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01405-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Starkville Lodging, LLC., is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered on 5/26/20.
HWCC-Tunica, Inc. v. Mississippi Dept. of Revenue  
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00336-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00336-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: HWCC-Tunica, LLC, and BSLO, LLC, had casino members’ rewards programs that allowed members to earn entries into random computerized drawings to win prizes. In 2014, after recalculating their gross revenue and deducting t...

Methodist Specialty Care Center v. Mississippi Division of Medicaid  
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2019-CC-00037-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CC-00037-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Methodist Specialty Care Center was the only nursing facility for the severely disabled (NFSD) in Mississippi. NFSDs generally incur higher costs than other nursing facilities, and because of this, Methodist received a p...

David Hunter Moore v. Jessica Cunningham, Holly Pegram, Individually and as Parent and Next of Kin of her Minor Child
Date: May 28, 2020
Citation: 2020-M-00336-SCT
David Hunter Moore's Petition for Permission to Appeal is dismissed without prejudice. Agree: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Ishee, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Coleman, J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Randolph, C.J. Order entered on 5/22/20.
Jackson Public School District v. Tanyatemeika Mason
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00094-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Tanyatemeika Mason is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered on 5/13/20.
Devonta Pipkin v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00436-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Devonta Pipkin is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered on 5/19/20.
D'Bryus Story v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00464-SCT
D'Bryus Story's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 5/19/20.
Jacob Perry Johnsey v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00756-SCT
Jacob Perry Johnsey's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered on 5/20/20.
Dexter Watson v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01169-SCT
Dexter Watson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered on 5/13/20.
The Mississippi Bar v. Thomas W. Belleperche
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2019-BD-00908-SCT
Shaun Seals v. Pearl River Resort and Casino and Pearl River Resort
Date: May 21, 2020
Citation: 2019-CT-00012-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Pearl River Resort and Casino and Pearl River Resort is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 5/19/20.
Garcia v. Mississippi  
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2017-DP-00504-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-DP-00504-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A five-year-old girl's dead body was found after a twelve-hour police search. Her body was found in a filthy, abandoned trailer fifty yards from her apartment complex. She had been sexually assaulted, vaginally and anall...

Oren Joseph Lewis v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00130-SCT
The Petition for Certiorari filed by Oren Joseph Lewis is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/07/20.
Ruth Dedeaux v. Coastal Developments Inc.
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00569-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Ruth Dedeaux is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 05/06/20.
Latoya Brisco a/k/a Latoya Nicole Brisco a/k/a Toya v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01237-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Latoya Brisco is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 5/06/20.
Mississippi Division of Medicaid v. Windsor Place Nursing Center, Inc. et al.  
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2018-SA-01263-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-SA-01263-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) appealed a chancery court judgment ordering the DOM to reverse the adjustments for “Legend Drug” costs reported by Windsor Place Nursing Center, Inc., d/b/a Windsor Place Nursin...

Will Realty, LLC v. Isaacs  
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-01440-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-01440-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Will Realty, LLC appealed the grant of a motion for relief from judgment in favor of Mark and Sally Isaacs. In 2009, Mainsource Bank, Inc., obtained a judgment against the Isaacses for the sum of $3,911,681.92 and intere...

In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 2020-AD-00001-SCT
The Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education's Petition to Temporarily Remove the Limit on CLE Credit Earned Through Online Programs for the 2019-2020 reporting year is granted as set forth in this Order, and the new lawyer program set forth in Rule 3b shall be amended as set forth in this Order. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/05/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: The Rules of Civil Procedure
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99001-SCT
The Motion to Amend M.R.C.P. 43 filed by the Advisory Committee on Rules is granted, and Rule 43 is amended as set forth in Exhibit A effective July 1, 2020. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/05/2020.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99011-SCT
The Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education's Petition to Temporarily Remove the Limit on CLE Credit Earned Through Online Programs for the 2019-2020 reporting year is granted as set forth in this Order, and the new lawyer program set forth in Rule 3b shall be amended as set forth in this Order. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/05/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Local Rules
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99015-SCT
The Motion to Amend by Deletion the Local Rules of the Fourth Chancery District of Mississippi filed by the Chancellors of the Fourth Chancery District of Mississippi is granted, and the Local Rules for the Fourth Chancery Court District of Mississippi are repealed effective upon the entry of this order. All Justices Agree. Order entered on 5/05/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Judicial Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99019-SCT
En banc order directing that the Rules and Regulations for Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education are temporarily amended for 2019-2020 reporting year as set forth in this Order. Order entered 5/05/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Justice Court Rules
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99024-SCT
The Board of the Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association's Petition to Amend the Mississippi Uniform Rules of Procedure for Justice Court to Improve the Uniformity, Efficiency, and Clarity of Justice Court Procedures is granted in part, and the Mississippi Uniform Rules of Procedure for Justice Court are amended as set forth in Exhibit A effective July 1, 2020. The Proposed Uniform Rules of Justice Court, filed by the Justice Court Rules Committee and the Petition to Repeal the Mississippi Uniform Rules of Procedure for Justice Court and to Adopt the Proposed Mississippi Uniform Rules of Justice Court as Endorsed by the Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association are dismissed. All Justices Agree. Order entered 05/05/20. </ul><br><hr>
In Re: Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99027-SCT
On the Court's own motion, Rule 1 of the Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure and its Comment are amended as set forth in Exhibit A effective upon the entry of this order. All Justices Agree. Order entered 05/05/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee
Date: May 14, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99039-SCT
En banc order appointing Stacey E. Pickering as a member of the State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee effective upon the entry of this order for the balance of the term of Justice Robert P. Chamberlin expiring on December 31, 2020. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/07/20.</ul><br><hr>
Timothy Nelson Evans a/k/a Timothy N. Evans a/k/a Timothy Evans a/k/a Tim Evans v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2017-DR-01385-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by Timothy Nelson Evans is denied.
Galloway v. Mississippi  
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01427-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01427-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Leslie Galloway appealed the denial of his 2015 petition for post-conviction relief (PCR) pertaining to his 2007 guilty plea to carjacking, a conviction that was used as an aggravating circumstance in Galloway’s 2010 cap...

Karrah T. Wangler v. Richard C. Wangler
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01632-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by Appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Mark Hicks v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00176-SCT
The Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment is granted in part. The Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/01/20.
In the Matter of the Last Will and Testament of Dan A. McIntosh IV, Deceased: Beverly Quick, Executrix v. Dan A. McIntosh III
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00520-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Beverly Quick is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. To Grant: Maxwell, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 5/01/20.
Jones v. Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc.  
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00930-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CT-00930-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Jones alleged she sustained a compensable back injury while working as a registered nurse at Baptist Hospital. A Workers’ Compensation Commission administrative judge determined that Jones sustained a compensable...

Central Mississippi Medical Center v. Mississippi Division of Medicaid and Drew L. Snyder, in his Official Capacity as Executive Director of Mississippi Division of Medicaid
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2018-SA-01410-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by the Appellant is denied. Coleman and Griffis, JJ., would grant.
Wiggins. v. City of Clinton  
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00010-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00010-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Matthew Wiggins appealed a decision of a special court of eminent domain to the County Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, approving the City of Clinton’s exercise of eminent domain. Wiggins bought property in March of 2...

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. v. Mississippi Department of Revenue  
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00155-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00155-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, the Mississippi Department of Revenue (the Department) notified Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (Caesars), that an examination concerning its past tax returns, including its 2005 tax return, had been initiated and t...

Samson v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America  
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00247-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00247-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: After a mother requested life-insurance proceeds for the benefit of her two minor children after the death of the children’s father, the insurance company requested that she provide the appropriate guardianship documenta...

In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: May 7, 2020
Citation: 2020-AD-00001-SCT
The Motion for Temporary Adoption of Rule to the Uniform Rules of Procedure for Justice Court Imposing a Moratorium on Judicial Proceedings of Eviction Against Residential Tenants, or, in the Alternative, Petition for Extraordinary Writ Imposing Moratorium on Residential Evictions, due to the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is denied. Order entered: 4/30/20. </ul><br><hr>
Manual Cooper a/k/a Manuel Cooper v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 30, 2020
Citation: 2011-M-01377
The Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court filed by Manual Cooper is dismissed. To Dismiss with Sanctions Warning: Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Deny with Sanctions Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, and Ishee, JJ. To Dismiss: Kitchens, P.J. To Deny: King, P.J. King, P.J., Objects to the Order in Part with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 4/28/20.
Bobby E. Wilson, Jr. a/k/a Bobby Earl Wilson v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 30, 2020
Citation: 2015-M-00131
The Application for Leave to Proceed in Trial Court filed by Bobby E. Wilson, Jr., is denied. To Deny with Sanctions Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman and Ishee, JJ. To Dismiss with Sanctions Warning: Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order in Part with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 4/28/20.
Young v. Air Masters Mechanical Inc.  
Date: April 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00401-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CT-00401-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Tewksbury and Bobbie Young were previously married and were the parents of two minor children, Lane and Emma. They divorced in May 2006, and Daniel was ordered to pay child support. Daniel stopped making child-sup...

Brown v. Mississippi  
Date: April 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-DR-01256-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-DR-01256-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph "Peanut" Brown sat on death row since his conviction for capital murder in Adams County, Mississippi in 1994. The jury found that Brown shot and killed a convenience-store clerk during a robbery. Brown filed a suc...

Saddler v. Mississippi  
Date: April 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01298-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01298-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnny Lee Saddler confessed to the inappropriate touching of a thirteen-year-old girl. He contended his constitutional and procedural rights were violated during trial court proceedings, arguing that because he invoked...

Mississippi ex rel. Fitch v. Yazaki North America, Inc.  
Date: April 30, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00094-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00094-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the executives of several Japanese auto-parts manufacturers pled guilty to federal crimes based on an international scheme to fix the price of Automotive Wire Harness Systems (AWHS). Three years later, the State...

Jess Lee Green a/k/a Jess Green a/k/a Jess L. Green v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 23, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01668-SCT
The Petition for a Writ of Certiorari filed pro se by Jess Lee Green is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 4/16/20.
Michael R. Spears a/k/a Michael Spears v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 23, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00735-SCT
Michael Spears's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 4/17/2020.
Debra Green v. Singing River Health System
Date: April 23, 2020
Citation: 2019-CT-00207-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari of Singing River Health System is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/20/20.
Steve Knox a/k/a Steve Michael Knox v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2014-DR-00849-SCT
The State of Mississippi's Motion to Strike New Claim Raised for the First Time in Petitioner's Brief and Any and All References to New Exhibits is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/09/20.
William Logan, Individually, and on Behalf of the Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Charlie Patsy Logan, Deceased v. Ford Motor Company, Lincoln Motor Company and Kirk Auto Company
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01275-SCT
William Logan's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Griffis, J. Order entered 4/07/20.
In Re Estate of Harry J. Green, Deceased: Elide Cristina Garrido Green v. Shirley Cooley and Wilford Green
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01641-SCT
Appellant's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Ishee, J. Order entered 4/13/20.
In the Matter of the Estate of Julisa Matute, Deceased: University of South Alabama, by and through its division, USA Health University Hospital v. Julita Perez
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01772-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by counsel for the Appellee is denied.
Waste Management of Mississippi Inc. v. Jackson Ramelli Waste LLC
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00164-SCT
The Petition for Certiorari filed by Waste Management of Mississippi, Inc., is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J. Order entered 4/13/20.
The Estate of Claud L. Johnson, Deceased: Michael Johnson, Executor v. The Kitchens Law Firm, P.A.
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00260-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Petitioner is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Not Participating: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 4/13/20.
Mississippi Department of Transportation v. Musgrove  
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-01139-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-IA-01139-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency on January 27, 2014, in anticipation of an imminent winter storm. In response to the governor’s declaration, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)...

Taylor Construction Company, Inc. v. Superior Mat Company, Inc.  
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-01279-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-IA-01279-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Montgomery, an employee of Taylor Construction working as a truck dispatcher, called Superior Mat Company to rent mats for Taylor Construction’s use. From June 9, 2017, to June 27, 2017, Taylor employees drove to...

The Mississippi Bar v. Urura W. Mayers
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2019-BD-01229-SCT
AT&T Corp. v. Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services  
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2019-CC-00353-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CC-00353-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for telecommunications services. After vendors responded, ITS selected the proposal submitted by Telepak Networks,...

Peak v. Cohee  
Date: April 16, 2020
Citation: 2019-IA-00045-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-IA-00045-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: An insurance adjuster was injured while performing the specific task he was hired to do: identify and distinguish preexisting roof damage from storm damage. While the adjuster recovered workers’ compensation benefits, he...

In the Matter of the Conservatorship of Carolyn Bowen Young: Jim Young, as Executor of the Estate of Carolyn Bowen Young, Deceased v. John Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy and Jimmy Kennedy
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2017-CA-01457-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by the Appellees is denied.
Jason Holloway a/k/a Jason Rickey Holloway v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01037-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Jason Holloway is denied. To Deny: all Justices. Order entered 4/06/20.
Virgil v. Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association  
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01133-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01133-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association (Southwest) was a nonprofit, member-owned electric cooperative corporation created by statute to provide electricity to rural Mississippians. Plaintiffs Ray Virgil, Barbar...

Agustin Mendez Lopez, Conservator of the Person and Estate of Juan Mendez v. Bellamare Development, LLC and Sandeep K. Sethi
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00018-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Agustin Mendez Lopez is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Griffis, J. Order entered 3/31/20.
Billy Carol Anderson a/k/a Billy Carol Anderson Sr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00312-SCT
Billy Carol Anderson's Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/02/20.
Patsy B. White v. William T. White d/b/a Royers Estates Inc.
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00544-SCT
William White's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is dismissed. To Dismiss: Kitchens, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., and Ishee, J. Not Participating: Griffis, J. Order entered 4/01/20.
Willis v. Mississippi  
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01509-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01509-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Willis (Willis) appealed his conviction for aggravated assault. Counsel for his codefendant and nephew Kedarious Willis filed a Lindsey brief averring there were no meritorious arguments for appeal. Charges arose...

Nash v. Mississippi  
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01587-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01587-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Willie Nash guilty of possession of a cell phone in a correctional facility. Nash did not appeal the jury’s verdict. He only challenged the sentence: twelve years in prison. He claimed the twelve-year senten...

City of Vicksburg v. Williams  
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00209-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00209-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early morning hours of February 7, 2013, Vicksburg Police Officers Russell Dorsey and Diawardrick Grover were dispatched to Herbert Williams’s residence as a result of a 911. Williams called 911 because he dischar...

The P.R. Hughes Trading Company v. Mary Ann Brown
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2019-IA-01462-SCT
The Petition for Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant to Rule 5 of the Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure filed by The P.R. Hughes Trading Company is granted. To Grant: Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J. Order entered 3/31/20.
Brenda Harness Thornton v. Timothy Terrell Thornton, Sr.
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2019-TS-01524
The Appellee's Motion to Dismiss Appeal is dismissed. The Motion for Leave to Appeal In Forma Pauperis is dismissed. The Amended Motion for Extension of Time is granted. Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ., Agree. Coleman, J., Disagrees. Order entered 3/31/20.
In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: April 9, 2020
Citation: 2020-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $203,107.11 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 4/2/20.</ul><br><hr>
Stephen Virgil McGilberry a/k/a Stephen McGilberry v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-00716-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by counsel for the Appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J., would grant. Ishee, J., not participating.
Leal v. University of So. Miss.  
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-00408-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-00408-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Sandra Leal appealed a circuit court's grant of summary judgment to the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Leal brought suit against...

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. v. Driskell  
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 2019-IA-00252-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-IA-00252-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Theresa Driskell, with the help of an insurance agent, submitted applications for a life insurance policy and a disability income rider. When reviewing the application, the insurance company discovered Driskell was ineli...

Shelvy v. Mississippi  
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-00400-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-00400-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Kendrick Shelvy appealed his burglary conviction, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence presented against him at trial. Because the Mississippi Supreme Court found sufficient evidence to support the verdict and bec...

In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 2020-AD-00001-SCT
The Petition Seeking Relief from Time Standards Due to Emergency Conditions Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is denied. Order entered 3/26/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Uniform Rules of Youth Court Practice
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99033-SCT
The Petition Seeking Relief from Time Standards Due to Emergency Conditions Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is denied. Order entered 3/26/20.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure
Date: April 2, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99038-SCT
The Joint Motion for Partial Temporary Suspension of Rule l.8(c) of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure filed by the Attorney General for the State of Mississippi and the State Public Defender is hereby granted in part. Rule I.8(c) of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure shall be temporarily suspended, until further order of the Court, with respect to its prohibition on "[a]ppearance by interactive audiovisual equipment" in the context of a "probation violation hearing" and "any felony ... sentencing." To the extent that Rule 1.8(c) is temporarily suspended, the Court also temporarily suspends Rule 10.1(b)(2)(A) of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure, and its prohibition on a defendant's waiver of the right to be present "during the imposition of his/her sentence in a felony case[,]" until further Order of the Court. The following requirements for the use of "interactive audiovisual equipment" shall remain in effect in such proceedings: (1) a full record of the proceedings shall be made, which may include an electronic recording (digitally or on tape) (2) the court shall determine that the defendant knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily agrees to appear at the proceeding by interactive audiovisual means and (3) provisions shall be made to allow for confidential communications between the defendant and counsel before and during the proceeding. This order does not suspend any requirement for defense counsel to participate in such proceedings, but such may include their remote participation via the use of interactive audiovisual equipment. Order entered 3/26/20.</ul><br><hr>
Stephen Elliot Powers v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 26, 2020
Citation: 2017-DR-00696-SCT
The Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Post-Conviction Relief Petition is granted. Greg Spore is appointed as counsel to represent Powers in successive post-conviction proceedings. Powers's Successive Post-Conviction Relief Petition must be filed on or before May 25, 2020. Once the petition is filed, the State's response must be filed within 30 days. And once the State's response is filed, Powers's reply must be filed within 30 days. All Justices Agree. Order entered 3/19/20.
Mississippi True v. Dzielak et al.  
Date: March 26, 2020
Citation: 2018-CC-01522-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CC-01522-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: An unsuccessful bidder on managed-care contracts for MississippiCAN, the state’s managed-care program, argued that the Division of Medicaid and its executive director violated multiple statutes and regulations in procuri...

Smith v. Mississippi  
Date: March 26, 2020
Citation: 2018-CP-01235-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CP-01235-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Donald Keith Smith appealed the circuit court’s decision to summarily affirm his Petition Seeking Judicial Review of an Adverse Administrative Remedy Decision. In 2009, Smith pled guilty to one count of kidnapping, armed...

Wilda Ann Martin v. Trustmark Corporation
Date: March 26, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00156-SCT
Wilda Ann Martin's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 3/19/20.
Nickson v. Mississippi  
Date: March 26, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-01030-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-IA-01030-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnathan Nickson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. The jury acquitted him on the two counts of first-degree murder but deadlocked as to sec...

In Re: Advisory Committee on Rules
Date: March 26, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99016-SCT
En banc order appointing Jimmy B. Wilkins, Esq., effective upon the entry of the order and continuing through the balance of the term which ends on 12/31/21, as a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules, succeeding T. Larry Wilson, Esq., resigned. Order entered 3/18/20.</ul><br><hr>
Smith v. Mississippi Transportation Commission  
Date: March 19, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01544-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01544-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Rhonda Smith appeals the Smith County Circuit Court’s grant of summary judgment to the Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC). In 2010, Smith collided with a loaded logging truck. The truck was driven by Shelby Cols...

Vicksburg Healthcare, LLC v. Mississippi Dept. of Health & Wound Care Management, LLC  
Date: March 19, 2020
Citation: 2018-CC-01057-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CC-01057-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi State Department of Health entered a final order approving a Certificate of Need for Wound Care Management, LLC, d/b/a MedCentris for the “[p]rovision of [d]igital [s]ubtraction [a]ngiography (DSA) servic...

Newell v. Mississippi  
Date: March 19, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01689-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01689-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Orlando Newell shot and killed Michael Woods. At trial, he argued self-defense, and the jury convicted him of murder. The trial court gave a pre-arming jury instruction, which precluded Newell’s self-defense theory. Beca...

Woodson v. Mississippi  
Date: March 19, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-00199-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-00199-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: After Kendal Woodson’s wife said she was going to leave him, he beat her severely and poured hot cooking oil on her. Woodson was convicted of domestic aggravated assault. Woodson’s trial counsel filed no posttrial motion...

Joey Montrell Chandler a/k/a Joey M. Chandler a/k/a Joey Chandler v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 19, 2020
Citation: 2020-M-00011
Joey Montrell Chandler's Application for Leave to File Motion for Post-Conviction Relief is denied. The Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis is dismissed as moot. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered.
Bobby K. Barnett a/k/a Bobby Keith Barnett v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 12, 2020
Citation: 2015-M-01153
Christopher Butler a/k/a Christopher D. Butler v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 12, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01151-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Christopher Butler is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Evans v. Mississippi  
Date: March 12, 2020
Citation: 2017-DR-01385-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-DR-01385-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2017, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed Timothy Nelson Evans’s capital-murder conviction and sentence of death. The mandate issued October 5, 2017. On that same date, the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-C...

Wangler v. Wangler  
Date: March 12, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01632-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01632-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Karrah Wangler appealed a chancellor’s dismissal of her complaint for divorce on the ground of habitual cruel and inhuman treatment. Because Karrah failed to show sufficient evidence of habitual cruel and inhuman treatme...

C.D. Pickle Jr. a/k/a Clanton D. Pickle Jr. a/k/a C.D. Pickle v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 12, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00774-SCT
The Writ of Certiorari filed by C.D. Pickle, Jr., pro se, is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Carson v. Linley  
Date: March 12, 2020
Citation: 2019-IA-00170-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-IA-00170-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Kimberly Carson Linley and Charles Carson were former spouses who shared a child together. Following their divorce, the Oktibbeha County Chancery Court entered a money judgment against Carson. Carson appealed the judgmen...

Mississippi State Board of Contractors v. Hobbs Construction, LLC  
Date: March 6, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01389-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01389-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: At stake in this appeal before the Mississippi Supreme Court was the ability of Hobbs Construction, LLC, to continue doing business in the state as a commercial general contractor. The Mississippi State Board of Contract...

Dickerson v. Mississippi  
Date: March 5, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-00710-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-00710-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted David Dickerson of capital murder, arson and armed robbery and sentenced him to death for capital murder. He was sentenced to twenty years for arson and forty years for armed robbery, to run consecutivel...

Jacob Chavis v. Jackson County Sheriff's Department
Date: March 5, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00379-SCT
Jacob Chavis's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Maxwell, J. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J. Order entered.
Jonathan Bradley v. Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi
Date: March 5, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00555-SCT
Jonathan Bradley's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Stewart v. Mississippi  
Date: March 5, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-00764-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-00764-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Albert Stewart was convicted of felony fleeing and of possession of a controlled substance. The trial court sentenced Stewart to serve five years for the felony-fleeing count and a consecutive three-year term for the pos...

Wolfe v. Delta Discount Drugs, Inc.  
Date: March 5, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00160-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00160-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In May, 2015, Spencer Wolfe was being treated for high blood pressure and was prescribed two milligrams of hydralazine two times a day. Some time between May 20, 2015, and May 27, 2015, Wolfe had this prescription filled...

Pitts v. Mississippi  
Date: March 5, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-00275-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-00275-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Cody Pitts was convicted by jury on one count of touching a child for lustful purposes, for which the circuit court sentenced him to a ten year sentence at the Mississippi Department of Corrections without the possibilit...

Glen L. Conley, Jr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2011-M-01006
Timothy Stratton a/k/a Timothy W. Stratton v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2016-M-00217
Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association, Inc. v. The Peoples Bank  
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-00978-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-00978-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court's review centered on whether a purchaser of real property out of foreclosure was automatically assigned and thereby entitled to the developer’s exemption fr...

Juan Morales a/k/a Juan Luis Morales v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00737-SCT
Juan Morales's pro se Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Eubanks v. Mississippi  
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-00282-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-00282-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Ashley Brown and Jessica Baugh were roommates at the Bay Meadows Apartments in Ridgeland, Mississippi. They worked together at a local bar. One night after work, Brown and Baugh met up with friends, including Stephanie M...

Victor Hurns v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2018-M-00633
Fitch v. Wine Express Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2018-SA-01259-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-SA-01259-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Department of Revenue (MDOR) and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi filed suit against Wine Express, Inc., Gold Medal Wine Club, and Bottle Deals, Inc., in Mississippi Chancery...

Jackson Mac Haik CDJR, Ltd. v. Hester  
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00340-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00340-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Mac Haik appeals the circuit court’s denial of its motion to compel arbitration. In 2016, plaintiff Brenda Hester purchased a used 2014 Dodge Ram from Jackson Mac Haik CDJR, Ltd. (Mac Haik). Hester executed a retail-inst...

State Farm And Casualty Company v. State of Mississippi ex rel. Jim Hood, Attorney General for the State of Mississippi
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-01629-SCT
The Petition of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company for Permission to Appeal from Interlocutory Order is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered.
In Re: Advisory Committee on Rules
Date: February 27, 2020
Citation: 89-R-99016-SCT
Order authorizing and directing the disbursement of $25,000.00 from the Court's Judicial System Operation Fund to the Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules for its necessary work through September 30, 2020. Order entered 2/19/20.</ul><br><hr>
Ceola James v. Bennie Thompson In His Individual Capacity
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2017-AP-01250
The Notice of Request for Appointment of a Special Judge filed by Ceola James, pro se, is denied. To Deny: Kitchens, P.J., Coleman, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., and Maxwell, J. Order entered 2/13/20.
Anderson v. Wiggins  
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-00607-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-CT-00607-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chancery Court granted summary judgment in favor of Darnice Wiggins in a conversion case she brought against Chastity Anderson, the fiancée of Wiggins’s deceased son Jhonte Sanders. Sanders and Anderson met each othe...

Smith v. Mississippi  
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01725-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-CT-01725-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Carlos Smith appealed the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. In his petition for post-conviction relief, Smith sought permission to proceed with an out-of-time a...

Martha G. Bradshaw v. Loyd E. Bradshaw
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01731-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Martha G. Bradshaw is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Holland v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.  
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01491-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01491-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Mario Holland parked his vehicle at Black’s Food Market and walked to West Lounge. Upon returning to his vehicle after patronizing West Lounge, Holland was shot and robbed in the Black’s Food parking lot. He all...

In the Matter of the Estate of Julisa Matute  
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01772-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01772-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixteen-year old Julisa Matute, along with her sister and father, were involved in a motor-vehicle accident in Harrison County, Mississippi. Julisa was transported to Mobile, Alabama, and was admitted to University of So...

Mississippi Department of Public Safety v. Herrington  
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00145-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00145-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Justin Herrington, a law-enforcement officer with the Columbia Police Department, was convicted of violating Mississippi Code Section 97-3-104, which prohibited sexual activity between a law-enforcement employee and an o...

Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Fowlkes Plumbing, L.L.C.  
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-FC-01285-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-FC-01285-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2015, the Chickasaw County School District entered into a contract with Sullivan Enterprises, Inc., for window restoration work on the Houlka Attendance Center. In July 2015, during construction, a fire began that...

Jones County School District and Jones County School Board v. Covington County School District, Covington County School Board, Arnetta Crosby, in Her Capacity as Superintendent of Education of the Covington County School District and the Secretary of State for the State of Mississippi
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-IA-00985-SCT
Petitioners' Petition for Permission to Appeal Interlocutory Order of the Chancery Court of Covington County, Mississippi is granted. The notice of appeal is deemed to have been filed, and the filing fee is due and payable to the Clerk of this Court. The appeal shall proceed as required by Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure 10 and 11. The trial court proceedings are stayed pending appeal. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Coleman, J. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J. Order entered 2/13/20.
Obert Law Group, P.A. and Keith D. Obert v. Janet T. Holt, in Her Capacity as Executrix for the Estate of Dr. Edwin L. Holt, Jr. and Premier Trust, Inc., as Trustee for the Minor Beneficiaries
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-IA-01265-SCT
The Petition for Interlocutory Appeal filed by Obert Law Group, P.A. and Keith D. Obert is granted. The notice of appeal is deemed to have been filed, and the filing fee is due and payable to the Clerk of this Court. The appeal shall proceed pursuant to M.R.A.P. 10 and 11. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J., Beam and Ishee, JJ. Order entered 2/13/20.
DKS Transport, LLC, Petrol Holdings, LLC, and Scott A. Harwell, Individually, John L. Blacher, Jr., Individually, Wesley H. Blacksher , Individually and Jerry W. Brock, Individually v. Eagle Capital Corporation
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-01069-SCT
The Petition for Permission to File Interlocutory Appeal and for Stay filed by DKS Transport, LLC is denied. To Agree: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Disagree: Griffis, J. Not Participating: Coleman, J. Order entered.
Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc. and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Inc. v. Shemika Harris, Mother and Next Friend of Mekhi Jordan Ard, a Minor and Lakina Walker, Mother and Next Friend of Caleb Ard, a Minor and on Behalf of the Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Roosevelt Ard, III
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-01378-SCT
The Petition for Interlocutory Appeal filed by Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Inc. and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Inc., is hereby granted solely to address MBMC's contention that the Beneficiaries' "claim against MBMC's nurses fails since there is no qualified or reliable opinion that the subject nursing care was the proximate cause of [Ard's] injuries." The claim pertaining to MBHS's "dismiss[al] without prejudice" is dismissed as untimely. The Petition is hereby denied with regard to all other claims. To Agree: Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Disagree: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. To Deny Part I and Agree with Parts II and III: Randolph, C.J. Order entered.
Phillip Earl Young a/k/a Phillip E. Young v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 20, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-01521
Cincinnatus E. Alford, III v. Linda B. Alford
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01075-SCT
Linda Alford's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. To Deny: Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Order entered.
Owen J. Bradley and Margaret M. Bradley v. Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association Inc.
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01389-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Owen J. Bradley and Margaret M. Bradley is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered.
Cearic A. Barnes a/k/a Cearic Barnes v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01621-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Cearic A. Barnes is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
J.P. Milam v. Ann Kelly and Jim Kelly
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01760-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by J.P. Milam is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Griffis, J. Order entered.
Christopher Word a/k/a Christopher Ernest Word v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00946-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Christopher Word is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered.
Biegel v. Gilmer  
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-01172-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-IA-01172-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court’s review involved the first-to-file rule. Most of the claims were properly transferred, but all parties to this appeal agreed it was error to transfer the claims agai...

Johnson v. Mississippi  
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-00429-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-00429-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2015, James White was shot and killed in Brad Reed’s house in Clay County, Mississippi. A jury ultimately found Johnson guilty of first-degree murder, and the trial court sentenced him to a term of life imprison...

Forkner v. Mississippi
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2018-M-00115-SCT
Central Mississippi Medical Center v. Mississippi Division of Medicaid  
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2018-SA-01410-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-SA-01410-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) appealed a Chancery Court decision denying its appeal of a Division of Medicaid (DOM) hearing. The DOM had determined that CMMC owed it $1.226 million due to overpayment. The Mis...

Brent v. Mississippi  
Date: February 13, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-00095-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-00095-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: James Brent was tried by jury and convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, and he was sentenced to serve two concurrent life sentences as a violent habitual offender under Mississippi Code Section 99- 19-83 (Rev. 2015)...

Mark v. City of Hattiesburg  
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2016-CT-01638-SCT
Docket Number: 2016-CT-01638-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: An investigation into the Hattiesburg municipal court system led to several local news stories. One online story posted a copy of the police department’s internal-affairs investigative report of the court system, which t...

William Antonio Avery a/k/a William A. Avery a/k/a William Ken Avery a/k/a William A. Ken Avery a/k/a Ken a/k/a Ken Avery a/k/a William Avery v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-00187-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed pro se by William Avery is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Joy Renee Keever v. Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, University of Mississippi and University of Mississippi Athletic Department
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-00231-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari to Review the Decision of the Court of Appeals for the State of Mississippi filed by Joy Renee Keever is denied. All Justices agree. Order entered.
Willie Bernard a/k/a Willie Bernard, Jr. a/k/a Willie Huey Bernard, Jr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2017-KA-01081-SCT
Willie Bernard's Motion for Rehearing is denied.
Pearl River County Board of Supervisors v. Mississippi State Board of Education  
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-00937-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-00937-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Poplarville School District and Pearl River County sought to undo the July 1, 2018 consolidation of the Lumberton Public School District and the Lamar County School District. In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature adopted...

G4, LLC v. Pearl River County Board of Supervisors  
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01227-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01227-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: G4, LLC, entered into a lease in 2009 with the City of Picayune, Mississippi, for land on the grounds of the Picayune Municipal Airport. After the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors assessed ad valorem taxes on the...

Willie Brown and Carolyn Talley Brown v. Blue Cane Cowart Tippo Water Association Inc., and its Board Members, Joseph Wilson, President, Pamuela Henderson, Vice President, Lula Bradley, Treasurer, and Don Davis
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00242-SCT
Willie Brown and Carolyn Brown's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices agree. Order entered.
Charles Bester v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00486-SCT
Charles Bester's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices agree to deny. Order entered.
Donald E. Smith v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 6, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00814-SCT
Donald E. Smith's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices agree. Order entered.
Keir D. Sanders v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2012-M-00350
James C. Winding a/k/a James Winding v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2012-M-01135
Eddie Joseph Brown v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2014-M-01276
Curtis Giovanni Flowers a/k/a Curtis Flowers a/k/a Curtis G. Flowers v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2015-DR-00591-SCT
Curtis Flowers's Motion for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court with a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is dismissed as moot. Order entered.
In the Matter of the Estate of Zona Mae Oliver, Deceased: Sandra Jean Oliver and James Howard Oliver v. James C. Oliver Jr., Terry Michael Carney Jr., and Melissa M. Carney
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2016-CT-01757-SCT
Sandra Jean Oliver's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. Sandra Jean Oliver's Motion for Leave to File Amended Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered.
In the Matter of the Conservatorship of Carolyn Bowen Young  
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2017-CA-01457-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-CA-01457-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Carolyn Bowen Young had medical problems affecting her ability to make financial decisions, so a chancery court appointed a conservator over her estate. When Carolyn’s conservatorship no longer was necessary, the chancer...

Charlie D. Jackson v. Baldwin Sand & Gravel, A Division of W.G. Yates & Sons, and Jerry Steen Jr.
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01261-SCT
Charlie Jackson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Rodney Dewayne Johnson a/k/a Rodney Johnson v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01722-SCT
Rodney Johnson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Barber v. Barber  
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-CA-01282-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CA-01282-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark and Sylvia Barber divorced in 2008. The court awarded Mark Barber custody of the parties’ minor children. The trial court had appointed a guardian ad litem during the divorce proceedings to investigate allegations r...

Roscoe Johnson a/k/a Roscoe Lernerd Johnson v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00101-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Roscoe Johnson is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered.
Lewis Miller, Jr. v. Vicksburg Masonic Temple
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00112-SCT
Lewis Miller's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Joshua Allen v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00494-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Joshua Allen is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Redmond v. Mississippi  
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01757-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01757-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Stephen Redmond appealed after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He argued he should have been granted a new trial because the verdict was against the overwh...

Ross v. Mississippi  
Date: January 30, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-00029-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-00029-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: James Ross was convicted by jury of three counts of sexual battery against two victims under the age of fourteen, and one count of statutory rape. After the verdict, Ross was sentenced to serve three concurrent thirty-ye...

McGilberry v. Mississippi  
Date: January 23, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-00716-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-CT-00716-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, sixteen-and-a-half-year-old Stephen McGilberry brutally murdered four family members, including his three-year-old nephew. McGilberry premeditated and planned his crime, enlisting a younger neighbor’s help. A ju...

Fred Davis, LPC a/k/a Fred G. Davis and Fred G. Davis, Sr. v. Timothy Stubbs, Individually and as Next Friend of Ruslan Stubbs and Elijah Stubbs; Timothy Stubbs, Ruslan Stubbs and Elijah Stubbs, Individually and Collectively
Date: January 23, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-01287-SCT
Before the Court, en banc, on the Court's own motion, is the Petition for Interlocutory Appeal filed by Fred Davis, LPC, which was granted by order of the Court on November 2, 2018. After further consideration, the Court finds that the interlocutory appeal should be dismissed and that the stay in the trial-court proceedings should be lifted. The appellant bears the costs of appeal. Coleman, J., Disagrees. Randolph, C.J., for the Court. Order entered.
In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: January 23, 2020
Citation: 2020-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $175,875.12 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 1/15/20.</ul><br><hr>
David Dickerson v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2015-DR-00954-SCT
Kelvin Bell a/k/a Kelvin Levise Bell v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01280-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari of Appellant Kelvin Bell is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, J. Order entered.
Rafeal Bennett a/k/a Rafeal Demond Bennett a/k/a Raphael Bennett v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00624-SCT
Rafeal Bennett's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered.
Angela Jones v. Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc. and Mississippi Baptist Health Services
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00930-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc. and Mississippi Baptist Health Services is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered.
Oak Grove Marketplace, LLC v. Lamar County School District  
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-00759-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-IA-00759-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The lessee of commercially used Sixteenth Section Land sought to prevent the leasing school board from adjusting the annual rent outside the time constraints of the lease. While the terms of the lease appeared to contain...

Weir v. Mayze  
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-IA-01720-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-IA-01720-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2018, Renaulta Mayze, Markhail Mayze, and Tydarius Sago (“Mayze”) were involved in a vehicle collision with Casey Weir. Mayze filed suit alleging that the collision had occurred in Hinds County. Weir filed a mot...

Dancy v. Mississippi  
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2018-KM-01409-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KM-01409-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, the Union County Sheriff’s Department seized six horses, four cats and three dogs belonging to Michael Dancy. The Justice Court of Union County found Dancy guilty of three counts of animal cruelty and ordered th...

The Mississippi Bar v. Torrance J. Colvin
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2019-BD-01094-SCT
Freddie Brown v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 16, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-00875
Gregory Eugene Mootye, III a/k/a Gregory Mootye v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2016-CT-01016-SCT
Gregory Mootye's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J. Order entered.
Taylor v. Mississippi  
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01596-SCT
Docket Number: 2017-CT-01596-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Dante Taylor guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his uncle Willie Lee Taylor. Dante appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction and sentence. Dante petitioned for the Mississippi Su...

James Cobb Hutto, III a/k/a James C. Hutto III a/k/a James C. Hutto a/k/a James Hutto III a/k/a James Hutto a/k/a Jamie Hutto a/k/a The Hitman a/k/a James Cobb Hutto v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2017-DR-01207-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by Petitioner is denied.
Bobbie Young, on behalf of the Heirs of Daniel Lee Tewksbury, Deceased v. Air Masters Mechanical Inc. and Associated General Contractors of Mississippi Inc.
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00401-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Air Masters Mechanical, Inc., and Associated General Contractors of Mississippi Inc., is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered.
Mark Jerome Chism v. Landaria Larose (Saulsberry) Chism
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-00955-SCT
The Petition for a Writ of Certiorari filed by Landaria Larose (Saulsberry) Chism is denied. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Ishee, JJ. To Dismiss: Randolph, C.J. To Grant: Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 12/13/2019.
Moore v. Mississippi  
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-00121-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-00121-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Corey Moore disappeared from his trial after the court refused to grant him a continuance. He was convicted in abstentia and sentenced to twenty-five years as a habitual offender. On appeal, Moore argued he received inef...

Nash v. Mississippi  
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01587-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01587-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Willie Nash guilty of possession of a cell phone in a correctional facility. Nash did not appeal the jury’s verdict; he challenged only the twelve year sentence he received. He claimed the twelve-year senten...

Felix Wynn a/k/a Creep a/k/a Cadillac v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-00924
The Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court filed by Felix Wynn is granted. To Grant: All Justices. Order entered.
In Re: Raymond Saucier and Harriet Denise Lopresto Saucier
Date: January 9, 2020
Citation: 2019-M-01176
Raymond and Harriet Saucier's "M.R.A.P. 48B Petition for Review of Trial Court's Denial of Motion for Disqualification of Judge Pursuant to Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon (3)(E)(1)(d)(i)" is granted. Judge Mike Dickinson is hereby directed to recuse in this cause. Agree: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Ishee, JJ. Disagree: Griffis, J. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J. Order entered 12/12/2019.
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