Wright v. MississippiAnnotate this Case
Senque Wright was convicted by jury of possessing a dirk knife as a convicted felon. The trial court adjudged Wright a habitual offender under Mississippi Code Section 99-19-81 (Rev. 2020) and sentenced him to serve ten years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The trial court denied Wright’s motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict or a new trial. Wright appealed, arguing the trial court erred by denying Wright’s motion to suppress evidence. Wright argued police lacked reasonable suspicion to support his detention and a patdown search. Wright further argued the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict because the State failed to meet its burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Wright’s knife was a prohibited dirk knife. The Mississippi Supreme Court concluded the officer had a reasonable suspicion to conduct an investigative stop, therefore the trial court did not err by denying Wright’s motion to suppress evidence. Further, because the knife found in Wright’s possession was shown to the jury, sufficient evidence was presented for a reasonable juror to conclude that the knife was a dirk knife primarily used for stabbing. Therefore, the Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s decision.