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State v. Johnson

Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit

December 10, 2014

STATE OF LOUISIANA
v.
JAMES CRAIG JOHNSON, JR

APPEAL FROM THE NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, PARISH OF RAPIDES, DOCKET NO. 309,717. HONORABLE THOMAS MARTIN YEAGER, DISTRICT JUDGE.

Brent Hawkins, Louisiana Appellate Project, Lake Charles, Louisiana, COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT: James Craig Johnson, Jr.

James C. " Jam" Downs, District Attorney--Ninth Judicial District, Monique Y. Metoyer, Assistant District Attorney, Alexandria, Louisiana, COUNSEL FOR APPELLEE: State of Louisiana.

Court composed of John D. Saunders, Jimmie C. Peters, and James T. Genovese, Judges.

OPINION

Page 672

[14-710 La.App. 3 Cir. 1] GENOVESE, Judge.

In this criminal case, Defendant, James Craig Johnson, Jr., appeals his second degree murder conviction, alleging insufficiency of the evidence and the impermissible withholding of Brady [1] material and exculpatory evidence. For the following reasons, we affirm.

FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

The facts in the record reveal that on the afternoon of January 4, 2012, the body of the victim, Ms. Jacqueline Bazert, was discovered in her home at 222 Fifteenth Street, Alexandria, Louisiana. Ms. Bazert had been stabbed 137 times and died as a result of those stab wounds.

On November 13, 2013, a Rapides Parish jury found Defendant guilty of the second degree murder of Ms. Bazert, a violation of La.R.S. 14:30.1. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Defendant filed a Motion for Reconsideration of Sentence, which was denied.

ERRORS PATENT

In accordance with La.Code Crim.P. art. 920, all appeals are reviewed for errors patent on the face of the record. Our review of the record does not establish any errors patent.

ASSIGNMENTS OF ERROR

Defendant has submitted for our review the following two assignments of error:

[14-710 La.App. 3 Cir. 2] ASSIGNMENT OF ERROR NO. 1: The evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict the Appellant of second-degree murder.
ASSIGNMENT OF ERROR NO. 2: The State committed reversible error by failing to disclose facts favorable to ...

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