Supreme Court of Mississippi Decisions 2022

Gordon v. Dickerson  
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00601-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CT-00601-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed a circuit court judgment which affirmed a county court judgment denying Julio Gordon’s motion to set aside a default judgment. The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Gordon’s petition for…

Bryant v. Bryant  
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00883-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CT-00883-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties divorced in 2016. On June 3, 2020, Jennifer Bryant filed a motion in which she asked the chancellor, pursuant to Section 17 of the property settlement agreement (which was incorporated into the divorce…

Broadband Voice, LLC v. Jefferson County, Mississippi  
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-01082-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CA-01082-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Broadband Voice, LLC, d/b/a Fuse.Cloud, LLC (Fuse), appealed a circuit court's dismissal of its complaint with prejudice. Fuse argued that it was entitled to $116,984.02 in early-termination fees from the four contracts…

Baby Boy Moore a/k/a Lavell v. Mississippi  
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00420-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00420-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Baby Boy Moore appealed his conviction of aggravated assault, arguing both that the verdict was against the overwhelming weight of the evidence and that the prosecutor erred by using Moore’s past convictions as…

Terrence J. Millette, M.D. v. Mary Frazier, as Personal Representative of The Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Jeanenne Foster, and The Estate of Jeanenne Foster
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 2022-M-00451-SCT
Petition for Permission to Appeal filed by counsel for Terrence J. Millette, M.D., is denied. This Court's stay of trial court proceedings entered August 16, 2022, is hereby lifted. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Griffis, J. Order entered 9/21/22.
In Re: Rules Governing Admission to The Mississippi Bar
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 89-R-99012-SCT
Order reappointing Pieter Teeuwissen, Marcie Fyke Baria, and Gwendolyn Baptist-Rucker to three-year terms (11/1/22 through 10/31/25) as members of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions. All Justices Agree. Order entered 9/21/22.</ul><br><hr>
Nakero Lashawn Hamer Jr. a/k/a Nakero Hamer v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01633-SCT
The Petition for Certiorari filed by counsel for Nakero Lashawn Hamer, Jr., is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 9/19/22.
Seals, et al. v. Stanton  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00741-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-00741-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Kimberlyn Seals and her counsels of record, Felecia Perkins, Jessica Ayers, and Derek D. Hopson, Sr., appealed a Chancery Court’s contempt order entered on April 8, 2020, the Temporary Order entered on April 28, 2020,…

Michael Aaron Nowell v. Cynthia Stewart f/k/a Cynthia Nowell
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00728-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Michael Aaron Nowell is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 9/19/22.
Darius D. Johnson a/k/a Darius Dion Johnson a/k/a Darius Johnson v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01308-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Darius D. Johnson was granted by order of this Court on April 6, 2022. Upon further consideration, the Court finds that there is no need for further review of this matter and that the writ of certiorari is hereby dismissed on the Court's own motion. Chamberlin, J., for the Court. Disagree: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered 9/14/22.
Watts v. Mississippi  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00873-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00873-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Cortez Watts argued that the failure of two jurors to properly respond to questions asked during voir dire deprived him of the right to intelligently participate in the jury selection process. Therefore, Watts contended…

Scott v. Mississippi  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-01015-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-01015-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Kendrick Scott was on trial for robbery. While the State and his defense lawyer were selecting a jury, Scott proclaimed to the courtroom that he was “guilty as hell[!]” After hearing testimony from the robbery victims…

Jelani Miles a/k/a Jelani N. Miles v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 15, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00895-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
J.D., by and through her Natural Mother and Next Friend, Jileta Mingo v. McComb School District
Date: September 15, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00022-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellee McComb School District 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 9/9/22.
Williams v. Williams  
Date: September 15, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00875-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CA-00875-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Tuwanda Williams and John Williams, Jr., filed a “Joint Motion to Dismiss Fault Grounds and Consent to Divorce on Grounds of Irreconcilable Differences” and submitted for review a judgment of divorce based on…

In Re: Democratic Ward 1 Run-Off Election for the City of Aberdeen, Mississippi  
Date: September 15, 2022
Citation: 2021-EC-00486-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-EC-00486-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicholas Holliday appealed a circuit court decision, arguing the circuit court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to resolve an election contest brought by Robert Devaull concerning the 2020 Democratic Primary Runoff…

David Simmons v. Town of Goodman, Mississippi, Dexter Howard, Jr., Keandria Thompson and Edward Pierce, Jr., In their Official Capacities as Municipal Election Commissioners of the Town of Goodman, Mississippi
Date: September 15, 2022
Citation: 2021-EC-00563-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
Burden v. Mississippi  
Date: September 15, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00782-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00782-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Derrick Burden was convicted by jury of aggravated assault but acquitted of arson. The trial court sentenced Burden to ten years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with five years suspended and…

Lebarron Emon Chatman v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 8, 2022
Citation: 2016-M-00424
Allen M. Russell a/k/a Russell Allen v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 8, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01670-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J., would grant.
Jean S. Hardin v. Town of Leakesville, Mississippi
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01164-SCT
The amended motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
Nancy Shannon v. Laron Shannon
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00847-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Nancy Shannon is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. Order entered 8/29/22.
White v. Jernigan Copeland Attorneys, PLLC  
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-01404-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-01404-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Jernigan Copeland Attorneys, PLLC (JCA) a Ridgeland, Mississippi law firm, filed suit against Shad White, in his official capacity as auditor for the state of Mississippi, seeking to recover damages for services…

Haymon and Pernell v. Mississippi  
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00240-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00240-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Crystal Pernell and Tajarvis Haymon were convicted of two counts of armed robbery (Counts I and II), kidnapping (Count III) and aggravated assault (Count IV). On appeal, Pernell challenged the weight and sufficiency of…

Ward v. Mississippi  
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00664-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00664-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Alphonso Ward was charged in a multi-offense indictment for automobile burglary and as an habitual offender. Ward was convicted by jury of automobile burglary. At Ward’s sentencing hearing, the State offered evidence…

In Re: Rules of Discipline for the Mississippi Bar
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 89-R-99010-SCT
En Banc order appointing or reappointing Hon. Johnnie McDaniels, Mack A. Reeves, Amy K. Taylor, Hon. Jennifer T. Schloegel, Renee M. Porter, Henry B. Zuber III, Hon. H. Craig Treadway, Jason D. Herring, and Rachel Pierce Waide to three-year terms (9/01/22 to 8/31/25) as members of the Complaint Tribunals. Order entered on 8/24/22.</ul><br><hr>
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: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2017-DR-01207-SCT
Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is hereby dismissed. All Justices Agree. Order entered 8/19/22.
Angela Lambes v. Eric Lambes
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00095-SCT
The petition for writ of certiorari filed by counsel for Angela Lambes is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Coleman and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 8/16/22.
Jason Clint Denham v. Rebecca Pruett Denham
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00675-SCT
Jason Denham's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Beam, J. Order entered 8/22/22.
John Tallant a/k/a John Harley Tallant a/k/a John H. Tallant v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01077-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by John H. Tallant, pro se, is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 8/18/22.
Thornhill v. Walker-Hill Environmental, et al.  
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01181-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CT-01181-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2017, Jeremy Thornhill said that he had injured his back while working. He sought workers’ compensation benefits from his employer, Walker-Hill and its insurance carrier, Zurich American Insurance Company of…

Mississippi v. Long Beach Harbor Resort, LLC  
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00430-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CA-00430-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Long Beach Harbor Resort, LLC (the Resort), leased a parcel of land located on the Public Trust Tidelands from the City of Long Beach. The Mississippi Supreme Court was asked to determine whether the Resort is required…

Mississippi Division of Medicaid v. Yalobusha County Nursing Home  
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2021-SA-00030-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-SA-00030-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) and Yalobusha County Nursing Home (YNH) disputed four costs submitted for reimbursement by YNH in its fiscal year 2013 Medicaid cost report. The DOM appealed a Chancery Court’s…

Chaz Pinkston v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2012-M-00306
Joseph Earl Daniels v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2017-M-00423
Jerry Brunson v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2018-M-01113
Russell Hill a/k/a Russell K. Hill v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2019-M-01221
Eugene Turner Wright v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2019-M-01883
Randle v. Randle  
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00433-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CT-00433-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Lester Randle died in 2009, survived by his wife and son, Dorothy and Raymond. Lester had previously been married to Ruthie Randle. Two children were born of that marriage: Tumika and Sylvester, the Appellants. Ruthie…

Durrant Inc. and Bennett Hills Inc. v. Lee County, Mississippi, Lee County Chancery Clerk, Lee County Tax Assessor, Lee County Tax Collector, State of Mississippi, Raptor Hotel LLC, and Comerica Inc.
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01826-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Lee County, Mississippi, et al., is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. Not Participating: Griffis, J. Order entered 8/3/22.
Tony Terrell Clark v. State of Mississippi
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 2019-DP-00689-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Byram Cafe Group, LLC v. Tucker  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00723-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-00723-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Byram Café Group, LLC (BCG), moved for summary judgment against Eddie and Teresa Tucker in a premises-liability action arising from Eddie’s slip-and-fall accident. BCG sought judgment as a matter of law based on a lack…

Green v. Mississippi  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00617-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00617-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A probation officer improperly induced L.J. Green III to give a statement that led to the discovery of the linchpin evidence used against Green at his robbery trial. While the trial judge suppressed Green’s statement,…

Garrett v. Mississippi  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00754-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00754-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Ladarius Garrett was convicted by jury of burglary of a hotel room. He claimed his convictions as not supported by sufficient evidence, and that the jury’s verdict was contrary to the overwhelming weight of the evidence.…

The City of Jackson, Mississippi v. Melanie Johnson and Pamela Harrion, Individually as Next Friends of Monica Harrion, Karla Lewis, Samuel Harrion, Jr. and Angela Harrion, Collectively being the Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Ruth Helen Harrion
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00318-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Griffis, J., would grant.
HL&C Marion, LLC v. DIMA Homes, Inc.  
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00750-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CT-00750-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillip and Anna Kennedy contracted with DIMA Homes, Inc., to build a house on property they owned in Marion County, Mississippi. The Kennedys failed to pay DIMA, and DIMA obtained a judgment, which it properly enrolled,…

Humphrey v. Holts, et al.  
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00046-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CT-00046-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Omar Humphrey’s petition for certiorari review of a Court of Appeals decision that dismissed his case. Humphrey’s complaint alleged that neither Steve Holts, police chief of…

In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 2022-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $177,295.27 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 7/27/22.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 89-R-99011-SCT
Order appointing Helen Morris, Marcus A. McLelland, and Katherine K. Farese to three-year terms as members of the Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education effective August 1, 2022. Order Entered 7/27/22.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Advisory Committee on Rules
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 89-R-99016-SCT
Order authorizing and directing the disbursement of $15,000.00 from the Court's Judicial System Operation Fund to the Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules for its necessary work through September 30, 2022. Order entered 7/27/22.</ul><br><hr>
David Jackson a/k/a David Donnell Jackson v. State of Mississippi
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 2014-M-00623
Wayne County School District v. Quitman School District  
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00499-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-00499-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Two Mississippi school districts disputed whether the disbursement of past revenues generated from sixteenth section land located in townships shared by the two school districts and received by one, should have been…

Jamie D. Ladner a/k/a Jamie Daryl Ladner a/k/a Jamie Ladner v. State of Mississippi
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00299-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Jamie D. Ladner is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered 7/25/22.
William B. Dew v. P. Shawn Harris
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01261-SCT
P. Shawn Harris'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 7/19/22
Wilson v. Mississippi  
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00473-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00473-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Dwayne Wilson on one count of aggravated assault. The indictment charges that Wilson “unlawfully, willfully, purposely and feloniously attempt[ed] to cause or knowingly caused bodily injury to . . .…

Marvin Kirk a/k/a Marvin D. Kirk v. State of Mississippi
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 2022-M-00044
SRHS Ambulatory Services, Inc. v. Pinehaven Group, LLC, et al.  
Date: July 21, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01355-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-01355-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this appeal presented stemmed from a circuit court's grant of summary judgment to First American Title Company (First American) and its grant of a declaratory udgment to Pinehaven Group, LLC (Pinehaven),…

Taylor v. Premier Women's Health, PLLC, et al.  
Date: July 21, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00493-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CA-00493-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a medical-malpractice suit brought by Jalena and Brian Taylor against Jalena’s OB/GYN, Dr. Donielle Daigle, and her clinic, Premier Women’s Health, PLLC. In 2017, Jalena was admitted to Memorial…

Simmons v. Town of Goodman  
Date: July 21, 2022
Citation: 2021-EC-00563-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-EC-00563-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Municipal Election Commission of the town of Goodman, Mississippi (the Commissioners), rejected David Simmons’s Candidate Petition for the Municipal Office of Mayor of Goodman, Mississippi. After conducting an…

Garcia v. Mississippi  
Date: July 21, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00632-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-00632-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Soon after the Mississippi Supreme Court appointed counsel to represent death-row inmate Alberto Garcia in post-conviction proceedings before it challenging his death sentence, the Attorney General preemptively filed in…

Williams v. Mississippi  
Date: July 21, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00336-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00336-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Courtney Williams appeals her manslaughter conviction. James Williams, his pregnant daughter Courtney, and Courtney’s two children lived with James at James’s residence. James had recently allowed Courtney’s boyfriend,…

Strickland v. Rankin County School District  
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01669-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01669-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2016, Christopher Strickland, Jr., a sophomore at Northwest Rankin High School, was at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Mississippi, preparing to run a cross- country meet. Before the race, a wasp stung…

Charles Bolton and Linda Bolton v. John Lee, P.A., The Estate of John W. Lee, Jr., BancorpSouth Bank and Stacey Hall
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00344-SCT
This appeal is assigned to the Court of Appeals for the State of Mississippi for a decision within 270 days of the entry of this order. Agree: King, P.J., Maxwell, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Disagree: Coleman, J. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens, P.J., and Beam, J. Order entered 6/22/22.
Manning v. State of Mississippi  
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01096-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-01096-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Willie Manning was convicted in 1994 of two counts of capital murder while engaged in commission of a robbery for the murders of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, and was sentenced to death. Manning appealed, asking the…

John Doe v. Jane Doe
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00853-SCT
Appellee's Petition for 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 6/22/22.
Manhattan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC v. Barbara Hollinshed, Individually and On Behalf of the Estate of Charles Adams, Deceased
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00882-SCT
Appellant's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 6/28/22.
Wilkinson County Senior Care, LLC v. Mississippi Division of Medicaid  
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2020-SA-01332-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-SA-01332-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: After Wilkinson County Senior Care changed ownership, it received the maximum per diem rate from the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) for a period of twenty months. The DOM notified Wilkinson County Senior Care…

The Mississippi Bar v. Urura W. Mayers
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2021-BD-00268-SCT
Attorney Urura W. Mayers is hereby suspended from the practice of law pending the final resolution of the petition for discipline filed by The Mississippi Bar. All Justices Agree. Order entered 6/28/22.</ul><br><hr>
Theodore Longo, Amy Longo, Joseph Lee, Susan Lee, Gerald Sonnier, Amy Davis and 920 South Beach Blvd., LLC v. City of Waveland, Mississippi and Beach Walk Development, LLC
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00735-SCT
The two appeals (No. 2021-CA-00735-SCT and No. 2021-CA-00923-SCT) are consolidated for all purposes and with all future filings to be made in No. 2021-CA-00735-SCT as the parent case.The Clerk of this Court is directed to take all actions necessary to accomplish this consolidation. Chamberlin, J., for the Court. Disagree: Coleman, J. Order entered 6/22/22.
Thomas Lee Jiles v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00034-SCT
The petition for writ of certiorari filed pro se by Thomas Lee Jiles is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 6/23/22.
Zachary Johnson a/k/a Zack Johnson v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2022-M-00303
Rules for Court Reporters
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 89-R-99021-SCT
Order appointing Hon. Leslie D. King, Kati Vogt, Julie Mims, and Latanya Allen as members of the Board of Certified Court Reporters for two-year terms from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024. Order entered 6/24/22.</ul><br><hr>
Stephen Elliot Powers v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2017-DR-00696-SCT
Miles v. Mississippi  
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00895-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-00895-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Jelani Miles was convicted of shooting into a vehicle, aggravated assault, and second-degree murder. A circuit court sentenced Miles to five years for shooting into a vehicle, twenty years with five years suspended for…

Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development v. General Reinsurance Corporation
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00761-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 6/14/22.
Bullen v. Mississippi  
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2021-KM-01081-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KM-01081-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Eugene Bullen was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), second offense. He appealed to the County Court of Madison County. Following a bench trial, the trial judge found Bullen guilty and sentenced him to…

Steve Knox a/k/a Steve Michael Knox v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2014-DR-00849-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by Petitioner is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Turner & Associates, PLLC, et al. v. Chandler  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01423-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01423-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: While driving a forklift at work, Lori Chandler was hit by another forklift and injured. She retained Turner & Associates to file a workers’ compensation claim. But Turner & Associates failed to file her claim within the…

Allen v. Mississippi  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01670-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01670-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court's review centered on whether Allen Russell’s life sentence without the possibility of parole for possession of marijuana, as an habitual offender under…

City of Gulfport v. Cowan Road & Hwy 90, LLC, et al.  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01286-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-01286-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, the City of Gulfport undertook a project to replace the infrastructure associated with its water and sewer systems relating to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The repair project involved federal,…

Eubanks v. Mississippi  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2020-KM-00110-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-KM-00110-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Shakeara Harris filed domestic violence charges against Joseph Eubanks. Eubanks was indicted for aggravated domestic violence in June 2017. He was later convicted of simple assault domestic violence in January…

Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi v. De Lange  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00159-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-00159-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi filed an interlocutory appeal of its motion to dismiss claims stemming from its termination of Arie Mattheus de Lange. The Diocese argued that, pursuant to the ecclesiastical…

Joe W. McLemore, Jr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2016-M-00364
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: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2017-DR-01207-SCT
The Response to Order Granting Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief filed by the Circuit Court of Hinds County is granted. The virtual hearing shall be conducted in compliance with Mississippi Rule of Criminal Procedure 1.8. All Justices Agree. Order entered 6/1/22.
Jeffrey Havard a/k/a Jeffrey Keith Havard v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2018-CA-01709-SCT
Motion to File Motion for Attorney Fees and Expenses Under Seal filed by counsel for Jeffrey Keith Havard is granted. The Motion for Approval of Attorney Fees and Expenses is granted. All Justices Agree. Order entered 6/2/22.
Magee v. Mississippi  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01794-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01794-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Kendall Magee pled guilty to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. For his conviction of second-degree murder, Magee was sentenced to thirty-five years in the custody of the Mississippi…

Jean S. Hardin v. Town of Leakesville, Mississippi
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01164-SCT
Beam, J. Disposition: Affirmed. Appellant taxed with costs of appeal. Votes: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ., Concur.
Demario Walker a/k/a Demario Dontez Walker a/k/a Kiriyama San Givonni a/k/a Kiriyama Zyreonia San Givonni v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00228-SCT
Demario Walker's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 6/2/22.
Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport v. Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-00881-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-00881-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court's review involved the award of a construction contract by the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport (the MSPA) to the low-bidder, W.C. Fore Trucking,…

Riverboat Corporation of Mississippi v. Davis  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-01244-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-01244-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, the issue presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court's review involved a premises liability claim against Riverboat Corporation of Mississippi (Riverboat). In 2014, Treslya Davis and her…

McGee v. Comprehensive Radiology Services, PLLC  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00666-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CA-00666-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Karen McGee was the president of a collections agency. When the company ran into financial trouble, she directed her business administrator to delay remitting the money it had collected for Comprehensive Radiology…

Meredith v. Clarksdale Democratic Executive Committee, et al.  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2021-EC-00305-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-EC-00305-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Scotty Meredith ran for mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The mayor at the time, Chuck Espy, challenged whether Meredith was qualified to run for mayor on the basis that Meredith was not a Clarksdale resident. The…

Willie Cory Godbolt v. State of Mississippi
Date: June 2, 2022
Citation: 2020-DP-00440-SCT
Willie Cory Godbolt's pro se motion for the appointment of new counsel is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 5/25/22.
Altman v. Mississippi  
Date: June 2, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00419-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-00419-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this interlocutory appeal was whether the circuit court had jurisdiction to hear defendant Rayvon Altman's case. In August 2020, Altman was indicted in on four counts of aggravated assault in violation of…

J. Mack Varner and Varner, Parker, & Sessums, P.A. v. John Bentley Anderson and Patricia Bentley Anderson
Date: June 2, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-01390-SCT
Motion to Dismiss Motion for Reconsideration filed by the Respondents is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/26/22.
Blayde Grayson a/k/a Blayde N. Grayson a/k/a Blayde Nathaniel Grayson a/k/a Blayde N. Amodeo v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 1998-DP-01782-SCT
Blayde Grayson's pro se Motion to Carry Out Execution Forthwith is dismissed. Agree: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Ishee, J., Not Participating. Order entered 5/20/22.
In The Matter of The Estate of Frankie Don Ware  
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00702-SCT
Docket Numbers: 2020-CA-00702-SCT, 2020-CA-00706-SCT, 2016-CA-00288-SCT, 2016-CA-01589-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Frankie Ware died in 2011, survived by his wife, Carolyn Ware, and their three children, Dana Ware, Angela Ware Mohr, and Richard Ware. Richard was married to Melisa Ware. Carolyn was appointed executor of Frankie’s…

Danny R. Sims v. Daniel Sims and Mary Kathleen Sims
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00327-SCT
Petition for a Writ of Certiorari filed by Danny R. Sims is denied. To Deny: King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J., and Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 5/17/22.
Sherry Westmoreland v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00509-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Sherry Westmoreland is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 5/23/22.
Bobby E. Wilson, Jr. a/k/a Bobby Wilson, Jr. a/k/a Bobby E. Wilson a/k/a Bobby Earl Wilson v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00762-SCT
Bobby E. Wilson, Jr.'s Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 5/18/22.
Eduardo A. Flechas v. The Mississippi Bar
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2021-BA-01051-SCT
Webb v. Mississippi  
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00082-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00082-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: John Webb was convicted by jury on one count of fondling and three counts of sexual battery of two underage girls, one of whom was his live-in girlfriend’s daughter. On appeal, Webb asserted multiple evidentiary…

In Re: Hon. James McClure, III and Hon. Gerald W. Chatham, Sr.
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2022-IA-00319-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Prohibition filed by Circuit Court Judges James McClure, III, and Gerald W. Chatham, Sr., shall be treated as a petition for interlocutory appeal pursuant to M.R.A.P. 5, permission to appeal shall be granted, and all judges of the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial District are hereby directed to appear before Mississippi Judicial College Director Randy G. Pierce for a conference to consider the simplification of the issues and such other matters as may aid in the disposition of the proceeding by the Court, including settlement. All judges of the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial District shall contact Mississippi Judicial College Director Randy G. Pierce within seven (7) days of the entry of this Order to schedule the conference at such time as is convenient for Pierce and all judges of the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial District. Thereafter, the Court shall be notified of the date, time and location of the conference. Following the conference, Mississippi Judicial College Director Randy G. Pierce shall report to the Court the actions(s) taken at the conference and the agreements made as to any of the matters considered. To Agree: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Beam, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Not Participating: Coleman, Maxwell and Chamberlin, JJ. Order entered 5/18/22.
Bobby Batiste a/k/a Bobby L. Batiste a/k/a Bobby L. Batiste, Jr. a/k/a Bobby Lionel Batiste, Jr. a/k/a Bobby Lionel Batiste v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2019-CA-00283-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Brian Scott Berryman a/k/a Brian Berryman v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 19, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00710-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed on behalf of Appellant Brian Scott Berryman by the Office of State Public Defender - Indigent Appeals Division is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Ishee, J. Order entered 5/10/22.
Kobe Augustine a/k/a Kobe Jaquan Augustine a/k/a Kobe J. Augustine v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01467-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman and Chamberlin, JJ., would grant.
Archie L. Johnson a/k/a Archie Johnson a/k/a Archie Lee Johnson a/k/a Archie Levell v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01801-SCT
Archie Johnson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is dismissed. To Dismiss: Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J. Disagree to Dismiss: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered 5/5/22.
Clark v. Mississippi  
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2019-DP-00689-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-DP-00689-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Tony Clark was convicted by jury of capital murder, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Clark was sentenced to death by lethal injection. After careful review of the record and…

Jones v. Alcorn State University, et al.  
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01238-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-01238-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Ernest Jones appealed a circuit court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Board of Trustees of the State of Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi (IHL) because the doctrine of judicial…

Luis Alberto Figueroa v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00114-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Luis Alberto Figueroa is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 5/5/22.
Troy Anthony Piccaluga a/k/a Troy Piccaluga v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00346-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Troy Piccaluga is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 5/4/22.
Johnson, et al. v. Brock, et al.  
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2020-EC-00982-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-EC-00982-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Consolidated election contests arose out of the December 9, 2019 city council elections in Wards 1 and 6 of Greenville, Mississippi. Contestant Oliver Johnson lost in Ward 1 to William Albert Brock, and Chauncy Wright…

Estate of Michael N. Bakarich v. Bakarich  
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-00339-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-00339-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: This interlocutory appeal centered on two provisions in a will related to an estate’s attorney’s fees: (1) the testator directed that his Co-Executrices not be personally liable for any expenses incurred in administering…

Bufkin v. Geico Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00251-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-CA-00251-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The question presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court in this case “boils down to one of statutory interpretation:” whether plaintiff Crystal Bufkin was “legally entitled to recover” damages from her employer under…

McRae v. Mitchell  
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00101-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-00101-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles McRae and the McRae Law Firm, PLLC, filed a notice of appeal of a non-final judgment. The Mississippi Supreme Court entered an order that treated the notice of appeal as a petition for an interlocutory appeal,…

Elton Hartzler v. Randy Bosarge
Date: May 5, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01606-SCT
The suspension of certiorari proceedings is lifted, and the Rule 42 (MRAP) Joint Motion to Dismiss Appeal is granted insofar as the petition for a writ of certiorari is dismissed as moot. The parties must bear their own certiorari-related costs. Order entered 4/25/22.
Dale K. Thompson v. DeSoto County Intervention Court
Date: May 5, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00956-SCT
Sedric Q. Sutton a/k/a Sedric Sutton a/k/a Cedric Quintorus Sutton v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 5, 2022
Citation: 2020-CP-01322-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
Kentrial Belk a/k/a Kentrail L. Belk a/k/a Kentrail Belk a/k/a Kentrial L. Belk a/k/a Trell a/k/a Kentrial Levex Belk v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 5, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00465-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Kentrial Belk is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/29/22.
Kelcey M. Watson a/k/a Kelcey Watson v. State of Mississippi
Date: May 5, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00789-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Kelcey Watson is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/26/22.
Omar K Humphrey v. Steve Holts, Chief of Police of the City of Senatobia, and John W. Champion, District Attorney
Date: May 5, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00046-SCT
Omar Humphrey's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Coleman, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Maxwell, J. Order entered 4/26/22.
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: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2017-DR-01207-SCT
James Cobb Hutto's Motion for Leave to File Rebuttal to Opposition to Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is granted. The State's Motion for Leave to File Surrebuttal in Opposition to Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is granted. Hutto's Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is remanded to the Circuit Court of Hinds County for the court to take the following actions: a. Transport Hutto to the Circuit Court of Hinds County and have him make, with federal counsel present, an on the record statement under oath as to whether he wishes to proceed with a successive petition b. If his answer is in the negative, the circuit court should enter an order to that effect, forward said order to this court, and take no further action c. But if Hutto's answer is in the affirmative, the circuit court shall appoint Caroline K. Ivanov and Elizabeth Franklin-Best, or such other counsel as the trial court deems appropriate, to pursue a successive petition for post-conviction relief in the Mississippi Supreme Court d. If Hutto's answer is in the affirmative, and after counsel is appointed, the successive application for leave to seek a motion for post-conviction relief shall be filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court within sixty days of the circuit court's order. Once the petition is filed, the State's response is due within thirty days. Once the State's response is filed, Hutto's reply is due within thirty days. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/19/22.
Justin McPhail v. Collette E. McPhail
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00739-SCT
Justin McPhail's Motion Pursuant to Rule 8 and Rule 27 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure is hereby denied. This matter is remanded to the chancery court of Grenada County for an adjudication of Justin's request for release on bond pending appeal in light of his child support payment subsequent to the February 24, 2022 denial of his prior motion. Should the request for bond be denied, the chancery court shall specifically state in a written order (a) the reasons for denial (b) the additional steps necessary for Justin to purge himself of his contempt including, but not limited to, specific directives regarding any psychological examinations required by the court as well as a procedure for Justin to be transported to said examinations should he agree to attend and (c) such other matters as the trial court deems necessary to be considered by this Court. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/19/22.
Raymond J. Greer a/k/a Raymond Joseph Greer, Sr. a/k/a Rusty Greer a/k/a Raymond Joseph Greer a/k/a Raymond Greer, Jr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00317-SCT
Raymond Greer's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 4/19/22.
In the Matter of the Estate of Lester Randle, Deceased: Tumika Randle Webber and Sylvester Randle v. Dorothy Meeks Randle
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00433-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellants Tumika Randle Webber and Sylvester Randle is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Ishee, JJ. Order entered 4/20/22.
HL&C Marion, LLC v. DIMA Homes, Inc.
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00750-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by HL&C Marion, LLC, is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J., Beam and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 4/22/22.
Akecheta Morningstar v. Perkins Law Firm, Felecia Perkins, and Jessica Ayers
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01203-SCT
Akecheta Morningstar's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/19/22.
Jabrien Williams a/k/a Jabrien Duwan Williams a/k/a Jabrien D. Williams v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2020-KA-00772-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
Jonathan Graham Embrey v. Maria Young
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00091-SCT
Jonathan Graham Embrey's Appellant's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 4/20/22
Anthony W. Carter a/k/a Anthony Carter a/k/a Anthony Warren Carter v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01854-SCT
Anthony W. Carter'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 4/18/22.
Antonio Burgin v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01031-SCT
Antonio Burgin's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 4/13/22.
The Mississippi Bar v. Lanesha L. Sims
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2021-BD-01090-SCT
Carl Alton Brady v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00163-SCT
In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: April 21, 2022
Citation: 2022-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $160,623.66 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 4/13/22.</ul><br><hr>
Kendall Magee a/k/a Kendall K. Magee v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 14, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01794-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Kendall Magee is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. Order entered 4/11/22.
Singing River MOB, LLC v. Jackson County, Mississippi, and Singing River Health System
Date: April 14, 2022
Citation: 2019-IA-01630-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by Singing River MOB, LLC, is denied. Beam and Griffis, JJ., would grant.
Darius D. Johnson a/k/a Darius Dion Johnson a/k/a Darius Johnson v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 14, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01308-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Darius Johnson is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman and Ishee, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 4/6/22.
Kenneth Peyton Bryant v. Jennifer Hart Bryant
Date: April 7, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00883-SCT
Appellant's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens, P.J., and Beam, J. Chamberlin, J., Not Participating. Order entered 4/4/22.
Patrick Newell a/k/a Patrick Latrelle Newell v. State of Mississippi
Date: April 7, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01137-SCT
Patrick Newell's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 3/29/22.
Jeremy Thornhill v. Walker-Hill Environmental and Zurich American Insurance Company of Illinois
Date: April 7, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01181-SCT
Appellee Zurich American Insurance Company's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Coleman and Maxwell, JJ. Order entered 4/4/22.
St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital v. April Newton and Travis Newton
Date: April 7, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-00494-SCT
The Mississippi Bar v. Robert W. Malone
Date: April 7, 2022
Citation: 2021-BD-00467-SCT
In the Estate of Genevieve M. Dooley, Deceased: Warren Dooley v. Kathleen D. Dooley, Individually and as Executrix of the Estate of Genevieve M. Dooley, Deceased, Joseph Brendler, Individually and as Executor of the Succession of Jeanette Dooley Brendler, George Brandon Dooley, Jr., Herbert Lesley Dooley and Ricky James Dooley
Date: March 31, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01061-SCT
The appeals filed by both Appellant and Appellees are hereby dismissed upon the entry of this order for want of jurisdiction. If any costs of this appeal remain unpaid, such are assessed equally between the parties. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Omega Protein, Inc. v. Evanston Insurance Company
Date: March 31, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01097-SCT
Coleman, J. Disposition: The motion for rehearing filed by Evanston Insurance Company is denied. The original opinion is withdrawn and this opinion is substituted. Reversed and Remanded. Appellant and Appellee taxed with costs of appeal. Votes: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ., Concur.
Christopher Golden v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00757-SCT
Christopher Golden's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 3/21/22.
United Healthcare of Mississippi Inc. et al. v. Mississippi's Community Mental Health Commissions, et al.  
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00697-SCT
Docket Numbers: 2020-CA-00697-SCT, 2020-IA-00683-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, United Healthcare of Mississippi (United) entered into provider agreements with Mississippi’s fourteen Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) to provide Medicaid services under the Division of Medicaid’s…

M.A.S. v. Lamar County Department of Child Protection Services
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00070-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by M.A.S. 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 3/16/22.
Barry Alexander v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00177-SCT
Barry Alexander's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 3/18/22.
Dennis Lawrence Smith v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00580-SCT
Writ of Certiorari and Amended Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Dennis Lawrence Smith are denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered 3/17/22.
Julio Gordon v. Christy Dickerson
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00601-SCT
Julio Gordon's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., and Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 3/21/22.
Weeks, Inc. et al.. v. Lewis  
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-01337-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-01337-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Hinds County Circuit Court denied the motion of Weeks, Inc., to transfer venue to Madison County, even though neither Mississippi defendant (both corporations) had its principal place of business in Hinds County. Nor…

Craytonia Latroy Badger a/k/a Craytonia Badger a/k/a Craytonia L. Badger v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-M-00646
Craytonia Badger's "Motion to Reinvest Jurisdiction Into The Circuit Court of Amite County" is denied. Badger is hereby warned that future filings deemed frivolous may result not only in monetary sanctions, but also restrictions on filing applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. See En Banc Order, Dunn v. State, 2016-M-1514, at *2 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018) (citing En Banc Order, Fairley v. State, 2014-M-01185 (Miss. May 3, 2018)). To Deny With Sanctions Warning: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny Without Sanctions Warning: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J. King, P.J., Objects to the Order in Part with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 3/18/22.
Lincoln Dille a/k/a Lincoln Dille II v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00855-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed on behalf of Appellant Lincoln Dille II, by the Office of State Public Defender - Indigent Appeals Division is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 3/14/22.
Angela T. Lairy, Turner & Associates, PLLC, Carolyn T. Karriem and the Estate of Bennie L. Turner v. Lori Chandler
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01423-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Lori Chandler is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Deny: Coleman and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 3/14/22.
Leasy v. SW Gaming, LLC d/b/a Harlow's Casino  
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01505-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01505-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Victoria Leasy sued after she allegedly slipped and fell in her hotel room’s bathroom at Harlow’s Casino. The circuit court granted SW Gaming LLC d/b/a Harlow’s Casino's motion to dismiss, and on appeal, the Court of…

Holcomb, Dunbar, Watts, Best, Masters & Golmon, P.A. v. 400 South Lamar Oxford Mad Hatter Partners, LLC, et al.  
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01702-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01702-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Holcomb, Dunbar, Watts, Best, Masters & Golmon, P.A. (“Holcomb Dunbar”), was the tenant and 400 South Lamar Mad Hatter Partners, LLC (“Mad Hatter”), was the successor landlord to the property at issue in this case. Mad…

In the Matter of the Last Will and Testament of Luke Beard  
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01821-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01821-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Luke Beard executed a will on February 13, 1987. The will named Luke’s daughter, Diane Christmas, as executrix, and it left all of Luke’s property, including thirty-two acres of land, to his grandson, Antonio Christmas.…

Magnolia Health Plan, Inc. and Cenpatico Behavioral Health, LLC v. Mississippi's Community Mental Health Commissions, Region One Mental Health, North MS Commission on MI/MR d/b/a Communicare, Northeast Mental Health - Mental Retardation Commission, Region III d/b/a Lifecore Health Group, Region IV Mental Health Services d/b/a Timberhills, Region 6 Community Mental Health Commission d/b/a Life Help, Region VII Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Commission d/b/a Community Counseling Services, Region 8 Mental Health Services, Hinds Behavioral Health Services, Region 10 State of MS d/b/a Weems Community Mental Health Center, Southwest Mississippi Mental Health and Retardation Commission-Region 11 d/b/a Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Complex, Region XII Commission on Mental Health and Retardation d/b/a Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, Gulf Coast Mental Health Center, Singing River Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services, Region XIV and Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health, Inc.
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00167-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by appellants is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Griffis, J., would grant.
Camille Village, LLC v. Federal National Mortgage Association and Barings Multifamily Capital, LLC
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00676-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Claiborne County Hospital v. Truitt  
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-01017-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-01017-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Claiborne County Hospital (CCH) sought summary judgment against Julius Truitt on his medical-negligence claim. CCH claimed Truitt failed to designate a medical expert. Truitt responded to CCH’s motion that a genuine…

Antwoine Cork v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-KA-00060-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant pro se is denied. Beam and Ishee, JJ., would dismiss. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
The Mississippi Bar v. Flordia M. Henderson
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-BD-01141-SCT
Steve Knox a/k/a Steve Michael Knox v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 10, 2022
Citation: 2014-DR-00849-SCT
Steve Knox's Motion for Leave to File Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief and Knox's First Amended Motion for Leave to File Successor Petition for Post-Conviction Relief are dismissed. Knox's Second Amended Motion for Leave to File Successor Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is denied. Agree: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. Disagree: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Kitchens, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by King, P.J., Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Beam, J., for the Court. Order entered.
Rainey v. Mississippi  
Date: March 10, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01651-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01651-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Courtney Rainey was indicted on two counts: (I) voter fraud; and (II) witness intimidation. The jury found Rainey guilty of Count II but could not decide on Count I, and the circuit court declared a mistrial as to Count…

Lake Serene Property Owners Association, Inc. v. Esplin  
Date: March 10, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00689-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-00689-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal presented a question of first impression in Mississippi as to whether short-term rentals of private homes through online services such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway were residential uses of property for the…

Joseph Dale Ellis, Sr. v. Tammy Cunningham Ellis
Date: March 10, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00691-SCT
Chamberlin, J. Disposition: Reversed and Rendered. Appellee taxed with costs of appeal. Votes: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Ishee and Griffis, JJ., Concur. Kitchens, P.J., Specially Concurs With Separate Written Opinion Joined by Beam, J. Randolph, C.J., Joins in Part. Specially Concurring Opinion: Kitchens, P.J. Votes: Beam, J., Joins This Opinion. Randolph, C.J., Joins This Opinion in Part.
Julius Atkins v. Judith Holder Moore
Date: March 10, 2022
Citation: 2021-CA-00780
The appellee's motion for relief is denied. Order entered 3/3/22.
Blayde Grayson a/k/a Blayde N. Grayson a/k/a Blayde Nathaniel Grayson a/k/a Blayde N. Amodeo v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 1998-DP-01782-SCT
Blayde Grayson's Motion to Withdraw Pro Se Motion to Carry Out Execution Forthwith is denied. Agree: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Ishee, J., Not Participating. Order entered 2/22/22.
Stephen Elliot Powers v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2017-DR-00696-SCT
Stephen Elliot Powers's Motion to Seal Exhibits is granted. Exhibits X and Y shall be sealed from the public, but not from opposing counsel. All Justices Agree. Order entered 2/28/22.
Batiste v. Mississippi  
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2019-CA-00283-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CA-00283-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Bobby Batiste was convicted of capital murder for which he was sentenced to death. The Mississippi Supreme Court later granted Batiste the right to file a petition for post-conviction relief (PCR) ("Batiste II") because…

Gamma Healthcare Inc., et al. v. Estate of Sharon Burrell Grantham  
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00913-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-00913-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Workers’ Compensation Commission and an Administrative Judge (AJ) had ordered Gamma Healthcare and Employers Insurance Company of Wausau (Employer/Carrier) to replace Sharon Grantham’s septic and HVAC systems and to…

Cooley v. Pine Belt Oil Co., Inc.  
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2019-IA-01835-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-IA-01835-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from damages that Pine Belt Oil Co. (Pine Belt) incurred for the remediation of a September 2008 gasoline leak that originated on property Walter and Tammy Cooley (the Cooleys) had sold to Pine Belt…

Patrick Fluker a/k/a Patrick Dantre Fluker a/k/a Patrick D. Fluker v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00791-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Patrick D. Fluker, pro se, is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Dismiss: Coleman, J. Order entered 2/23/22.
Cullen Royce Fields v. State of Mississippi
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2020-KA-01317-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
Jones v. Mississippi  
Date: March 3, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00275-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00275-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Janarious Jones was indicted by grand jury for for first-degree murder. A jury would ultimately convict him of manslaughter, for which he was sentenced to prison for twenty years, with five years suspended. After denial…

Williams v. Mississippi  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01007-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01007-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: While he was incarcerated, Lavar Williams’s jailers recorded numerous telephone conversations in which Williams appeared to be directing a drug trafficking ring. A search of Williams’s home revealed large amounts of…

Mississippi Department of Employment Security v. Dover Trucking, LLC  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CC-01267-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CC-01267-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) appeals from the circuit court’s order reversing the MDES Board of Review’s determination that Danny Leeton was an employee of Dover Trucking, LLC (Dover). Because…

Ray M. Ward and Mary K. Ward v. Marilyn Denise Cranford
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00410-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Marilyn Denise Cranford is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 2/17/22.
University of Mississippi Medical Center v. Jensen  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-00872-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-00872-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) appealed a county court judgment granting Genevieve Jensen’s motion for extension of time to serve process on the attorney general and its decision denying UMMC’s…

Williams v. Mississippi  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-KA-00772-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-KA-00772-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Jabrien Williams was twenty-two years old when he convinced fourteen-year-old JR to unlock the window of an unoccupied bedroom of her family’s ground-floor apartment. Once inside, Williams had sex with the JR. Days…

James Devon Brown a/k/a James D. Brown a/k/a James Brown v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2020-M-00630
Petition for Leave to Proceed in Trial Court and for Permission to File Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Collateral Relief filed by James Devon Brown is denied. Brown is warned that future filings deemed frivolous could result in monetary sanctions or in restrictions on his ability to file applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. See Order, Dunn v. State, No. 2016-M-01514 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018). To Deny with Sanctions Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny without Sanctions Warning: 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 2/18/22.
Johnathan D. Cooper a/k/a Jonathan Cooper a/k/a Jonathan D. Cooper v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-01012-SCT
The "Writ of Certiorari" filed pro se by Johnathan D. Cooper is dismissed. Order entered 2/16/22.
State of Mississippi v. Caleb Corrothers a/k/a Caleb Carrothers a/k/a Calbe Carother a/k/a Caleb L. Carrothers a/k/a Caleb Corothers a/k/a Calab Carothers
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00836-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by counsel for Caleb Corrothers is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Gregory Linson v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2018-M-01063
Gregory Linson's Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court is denied. Finding that this filing is frivolous and sanctions are proper, Linson is hereby restricted from filing further applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) that are related to this conviction and sentence in forma pauperis. The Clerk of this Court shall not accept for filing any further applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) from Linson that are related to this conviction and sentence unless he pays the applicable docket fee. To Deny with Sanctions: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 2/10/22.
Curtis Henry Johnson a/k/a Curtis Johnson v. Paul Benton
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01087-SCT
Curtis Johnson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 2/10/22.
Carlettas McBride v. Quality Carriers, Inc., Michael V. Moore and Triple JP Enterprises, Inc.
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-CP-00235
Appellees' Renewed Joint Motion to Dismiss Appeal is granted. Appellees' Joint Motion to Strike Appellant's Brief is dismissed. All costs of the appeal are assessed to the appellant. All Justices Agree. Order entered 2/10/22.
Jonathan Fulcher a/k/a Jonathan M. Fulcher v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-01195
Application for Leave to Proceed in Trial Court With 2nd Petition for Post-Conviction Collateral Relief filed pro se by Jonathan Fulcher is denied. Fulcher is warned that future filings deemed frivolous could result in monetary sanctions or in restrictions on his ability to file applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. See Order, Dunn v. State, 2016-M-01514 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018). To Deny with Sanctions Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Griffis and Ishee, JJ. To Deny without Sanctions Warning: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 2/8/22.
Isaiah Williams v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-01267
Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court filed pro se by Isaiah Williams is denied. Williams is warned that future filings deemed frivolous could result in monetary sanctions or in restrictions on his ability to file applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. See Order, Dunn v. State, No. 2016-M-01514 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018). To Deny with Sanctions Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Griffis and Ishee, JJ. To Deny without Sanctions Warning: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Chamberlin, J., Not Participating. Order entered 2/14/22.
Copes v. Mississippi  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00302-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-00302-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Seth Copes was convicted on two counts of sexual battery of two minors. He was sentenced to twenty years on each count, to be served consecutively. Copes appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction and…

Luther Greer and Brandi Greer v. Sandra Akers
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00745-SCT
Luther and Brandi Greer's Motion for Review by Supreme Court of Court of Appeals' Denial of Attorney's Fees is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 2/7/22.
Augustine v. Mississippi  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01467-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01467-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Kobe Augustine was convicted of second-degree murder for the killing of Nigel Poole. A divided Court of Appeals reversed and remanded Augustine’s conviction, opining that the circuit court erred by admitting hearsay…

Alexander v. Mississippi  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01612-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01612-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mississippi Court of Appeals vacated Norris Alexander’s life-without-parole sentence as a habitual offender under Mississippi Code Section 99-19-81 (Rev. 2020). The Court of Appeals held that the Circuit Court erred…

Estate of Sherman Ward and Lindy Speights, Individually and on behalf of the other Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Sherman Ward v. Clifton Williams, M.D.
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01645-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Clifton Williams, M.D., is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. To Grant: Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 2/7/22.
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District v. Jad J. Khalaf
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00928-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Coleman and Griffis, JJ., would grant.
Brown v. Mississippi  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2020-KA-01366-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-KA-01366-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A D’Iberville police officer arrested Damian Brown after spotting a firearm during a traffic stop. Brown appealed his resulting conviction for three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of…

Blayde Grayson a/k/a Blayde N. Grayson a/k/a Blayde Nathaniel Grayson a/k/a Blayde N. Amodeo v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 1998-DP-01782-SCT
After due consideration of Blayde Grayson's pro se Motion to Carry Out Execution Forthwith and the responses by David P. Voisin, Grayson's appointed federal counsel, and the State of Mississippi, we hereby order this matter be remanded to the Circuit Court of George County, Mississippi in order for the court to take the following actions: a. Transport Grayson to the Circuit Court of George County, Mississippi and have him make, with federal counsel present, an on the record statement under oath as to whether he wishes to proceed with this motion and waive his appeals b. If his answer is in the negative, the circuit court should enter an order to that effect, forward said order to this court and take no further action c. However, if the answer is in the affirmative, the court shall take such steps as the circuit court deems necessary (including additional evaluation if deemed necessary by the trial court) to determine if Grayson is competent to waive his appeals and, further, if the decision is voluntarily made. Upon making said determinations, the trial court shall reduce its findings to an order, forward said order to this court and take no further action. This court further notes that any final disposition on this motion will not be made until the court has determined the status and effect of the federal habeas corpus proceeding pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, styled Grayson v. Cain, No. 1:04-cv-00708-CWR. Agree: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Ishee, J., Not Participating. Order entered 1/28/22.
Leslie Galloway, III a/k/a Leslie Galloway a/k/a Leslie "Bo" Galloway, III v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2013-DR-01796-SCT
Motion for Leave to Amend and Supplement Petitioner's Motion for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court with a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief filed by counsel for Leslie Galloway, III, is granted. Galloway's Motion for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court with Amended Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is hereby accepted for filing. The State's response to Galloway's Motion for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court with Amended Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is due ninety (90) days from the entry of this order. Galloway's Motion to Seal Documents is granted. All Justices Agree. Order entered 1/27/22.
In the Matter of the Conservatorship of Joyce G. Redd: Joyce G. Redd v. John R. Redd, William Howard Redd, Richard Lee Redd, Robert Charles Redd, Tina Cutaia Arias, Regions Bank as Trustee, and Brian Keith Redd
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2019-CA-01281-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J., would grant.
Wheelan v. City of Gautier, et al.  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01062-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-CT-01062-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Gautier granted David Vindich a permit to build a 1,410 square foot garage/workshop on his .76 acre lot. When the building was almost completed, Vindich’s neighbor, Martin Wheelan, filed a lawsuit arguing the…

Mauldin Company v. Earnest Turnage
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01587-SCT
Mauldin Company's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Griffis, J. Beam, J., Not Participating. Order entered 1/26/22.
Sutton v. Mississippi  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2020-CP-01322-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CP-01322-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Sedric Sutton sought compensation under Mississippi Code Sections 11-44-1 to -15 (Rev. 2019), Compensation to Victims of Wrongful Conviction and Imprisonment, after his conviction of possession of a controlled substance…

Shannon Sanders v. Attala County, Mississippi
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00175-SCT
Attala County, Mississippi's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Coleman, Maxwell and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 1/26/22.
David Eugene Bowman v. Robin Sills Bowman
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00183-SCT
Robin Sills Bowman's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Chamberlin, J. Order entered 1/26/22.
Sandra Jean Oliver v. Trustmark National Bank, Inc., Montgomery County Land Trust, Doug E. Shaddix, Individually and as Trustee for Montgomery County Land Trust, Grace Gunn, Individually and as Notary Public for the State of Mississippi, G.E. Girling, A/K/A Grace Gunn, Frank Michael Gunn, Hankins Lumber, Inc., James Calvin Oliver, Jr. and Janet O. McLelland
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2020-TS-01121
Sandra Oliver's Urgent Motion to Set Aside the Premature, Unwarranted and Unauthorized Notice of Dismissal Filed by the Supreme Court Clerk on September 3, 2021 and Reinstate this Pending Appeal and Other Relief is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. Order entered 1/31/22.
Coby Cook a/k/a Coby O. Cook v. State of Mississippi
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00463-SCT
Colby Cook's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is dismissed. Order entered 1/25/22.
CMR Construction & Roofing, LLC and CMR Construction & Roofing of TX, LLC v. John Jones and Mary Jones
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-01185-SCT
CMR Construction & Roofing, LLC and CMR Construction & Roofing of TX, LLC's Petition for Interlocutory Appeal and to Stay Trial Court Proceedings is denied. Agree: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Disagree: Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. Corrected Order entered 2/1/22.
In Re: Sandra Jean Oliver
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-01187
Sandra Oliver's Emergency Petition for Writ of Mandamus and Prohibition Addressing Three (3) Issues Combined is dismissed. All Justices Agree to Dismiss. Order entered 1/31/22.
In Re: State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 89-R-99039-SCT
En banc order appointing Nathan Blevins as a member of the State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee effective upon the entry of this order for the balance of the term of Gary Young expiring on December 31, 2022. All Justices Agree. Order entered 1/27/22.</ul><br><hr>
Davis v. Henderson  
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2018-CT-01184-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CT-01184-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court's review centered on the temporary termination of a father’s child-support obligation. Because the Court found that the Court of Appeals did not apply the…

Crystal Lafayette Roberts v. Ezra Conner, Kristina Farra and Lucille Lafayette
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01782-SCT
Appellant's Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Crystal Lafayette Roberts is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: King, P.J. Order entered 1/19/22.
Thomas J. Hooghe a/k/a Thomas Hooghe a/k/a Thomas James Hooghe v. Warden Frank Shaw, Property Officer C. Young, and Unit Manager J. Jackson
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00625-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Thomas J. Hooghe is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 1/24/22.
Omar Ali Rahman v. John Joseph Lyons
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00788-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Omar Ali Rahman is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 1/20/22.
Timothy Robert Ronk a/k/a Timothy Ronk a/k/a Timothy R. Ronk v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2021-DR-00269-SCT
Timothy Robert Ronk's Renewed Motion for Appointment of Counsel for Representation for Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief is granted. Graham P. Carner and Carol R. Camp are appointed as counsel to represent Ronk in state successive post-conviction proceedings. Ronk's successive post-conviction petition must be filed on or before March 22, 2022. Once the petition is filed, the State's response is due within thirty days. And once the State's response is filed, Ronk's reply is due within thirty days. All Justices Agree. Order entered 1/21/22.
Jelani Miles a/k/a Jelani N. Miles v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00895-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Jelani Miles is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Beam and Ishee, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 1/13/22.
Camille Village, LLC v. Federal National Mortgage Ass'n, et al.  
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00676-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-00676-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The dispute underlying this appeal began with the failure of Camille Village, LLC, the owner of an apartment complex, to deposit additional money in escrow for repairs after it was demanded by Lenders Federal National…

Omega Protein, Inc. v. Evanston Insurance Company  
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-01097-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-01097-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: An explosion at the Omega Protein Plant in Moss Point, Mississippi killed one man and seriously injured several others. Multiple lawsuits were filed against Omega in federal district court. Colony Insurance Company filed…

Russell Haley v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00105-SCT
Russell Haley'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. Ordered entered 1/12/22.
Sylvester Bell a/k/a Bell Sylvester v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00592-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Sylvester Bell is dismissed. Order entered 1/12/22.
Senque Wright a/k/a Senque Santanze Wright a/k/a Senque Santanz Wright v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2020-KA-00505-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed pro se by Senque Wright is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
James Robert Rowsey a/k/a James R. Rowsey a/k/a James Rowsey v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-01170
James Robert Rowsey's Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court is denied. Rowsey is restricted from filing further applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) that are related to this conviction and sentence in forma pauperis. The Clerk of this Court shall not accept for filing any further applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) from Rowsey that are related to this conviction and sentence unless he pays the applicable docket fee. To Deny with Sanctions: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 1/12/22.
In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2022-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $140,573.40 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 1/13/22.</ul><br><hr>
The Cincinnati Insurance Company v. James Leroy Wilson and Lisa Wilson
Date: January 13, 2022
Citation: 2018-CT-01703-SCT
Cincinnati Insurance Company's Petition for a Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 1/5/22.
Richard Stowe, Joy Barret Stowe, Linda Davis, Geoffrey Scheele, and Margaret Scheele, Individually and as Homeowners in Oakmont Subdivision v. Larry W. Edwards, Pamela B. Edwards, and Edwards Homes Inc.
Date: January 13, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-01178-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for the Petitioners 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 1/4/22.
Bildrick Jackson v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2014-M-00310
Bildrick Jackson's Application for Leave to File a Motion for Post Conviction Relief is denied. Jackson is warned that future filings deemed frivolous may result not only in monetary sanctions but also in restrictions on filing applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. Order, Dunn v. State, 2016-M-01514 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018). To Deny with Sanction Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee 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 12/15/21.
Jessie Dewayne Johnson v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2016-M-00510
Jessie Dewayne Johnson's post-conviction relief motion is denied. Johnson is warned that future filings deemed frivolous may result not only in monetary sanctions but also in restrictions on filing applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. Order, Dunn v. State, 2016-M-01514 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018).To Deny with Sanction Warning: Randolph, C.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee 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 12/21/21.
Gordon Kleyle v. Myrna Deogracias, Philip Deogracias, and Philip Deogracias d/b/a The Railroad Cafe, LLC
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2019-CT-00671-SCT
Petition for Issuance of the Writ of Certiorari to the Court of Appeals of Mississippi filed by Myrna Deogracias, Philip Deogracias, d/b/a The Railroad Caf , LLC, is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J., and Chamberlin, J. Order entered 12/17/21.
J'Var Vontou Pope and Robert Emil Hart v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00025-SCT
J'Var Vontou Pope's Writ of Cert is dismissed as untimely. Order entered 12/14/21.
George Massey a/k/a George Lee Massey v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00963-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by George Massey is denied. To Deny: Randolph. C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J., and Ishee, J. Order entered 12/16/21.
Schaffner Manufacturing Company, Inc. v. Powell  
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2020-IA-00320-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-IA-00320-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, Schaffner Manufacturing Company, Inc., argued that the circuit court erred by denying a portion of its motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under Mississippi Rule of Civil Procedure…

The Mississippi Bar v. Flordia M. Henderson
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2021-BD-01141-SCT
The Court on its own motion directs the Mississippi Bar, within 30 days of the entry of this order, to file a certified copy of the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law of the Hearing Panel and to serve the same upon Flordia M. Henderson. All Justices Agree. Order entered 12/15/21.</ul><br><hr>
Oren Joseph Lewis v. State of Mississippi
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2021-M-00895
Oren Joseph Lewis's Motion to Reconsider or Alternatively to Reconsider En Banc 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 12/21/21.
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