Appealed from the First Judicial District Court for the
Parish of Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 335, 569 Honorable
Katherine Clark Dorroh, Judge.
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT By: Carey J. Ellis, III, Counsel
E. STEWART, SR. District Attorney Counsel for Appellee.
J. JOHNSON JASON W. WALTMAN TRENEISHA J. HILL Assistant
PITMAN, GARRETT, and McCALLUM, JJ.
defendant, Dylan Magluilo ("Magluilo"), was
convicted by a jury of second degree murder under La. R.S.
14:30.1 and was sentenced to life in prison. Magluilo now
appeals, challenging only the sufficiency of the evidence.
For the reasons stated herein, we affirm.
prosecution's lay witnesses.
September 8, 2015, a group including Magluilo, Danielle
Davis, Todd Scruggs, Lacy Smith, Amanda Thompson, and Tiffany
Chaffee booked a room at the Hilton Hotel in downtown
Shreveport. All of these group members, except Davis and
Magluilo, admitted using methamphetamine during the time
frame surrounding this murder.
recorded interview with detectives, Magluilo admitted that he
had a "gym" bag with him in the hotel room. Tiffany
Chaffee saw that Magluilo had a black bandana wrapped around
a gun and had a "duffle" bag in the hotel
room. Chaffee also testified that Magluilo was a
"nervous wreck" and appeared to be high.
to obtain methamphetamine, Lacy Smith and Todd Scruggs
contacted the victim, Mark Cornett, to arrange a purchase.
Mark Cornett met them in the parking garage of the Hilton
Hotel and took $200 cash as payment for the purchase of
methamphetamine. He went alone to retrieve the
methamphetamine and returned shortly without it or the money.
Cornett indicated they would have to go to a casino near the
Shreveport Airport (which is on Monkhouse Drive) to get the
got in the driver's seat of his vehicle, while Todd
Scruggs got in the front passenger seat and Lacy Smith got in
the rear passenger seat. At Scruggs' direction, Cornett
stopped in the parking lot of the Hilton and picked up
Magluilo, who got in the rear driver-side seat carrying the
bag. The four then proceeded along Interstate 20 and exited
Smith testified that, when the car stopped at the red light
at the bottom of the exit ramp, she felt movement to her
left. She turned and saw that Magluilo was holding a handgun
to the back of Mark Cornett's head and then heard a loud
bang. Todd Scruggs testified that he was looking to the right
when the shot was fired. He heard a loud boom and saw a flash
of light. Scruggs stated that after Magluilo shot Cornett and
exited the car, Magluilo knelt down and put the handgun in
the shooting, Lacy Smith and Todd Scruggs fled the scene
together. Magluilo made his escape separately. All three were
on foot and contacted Ted Wheat for a ride. Wheat,
accompanied by Brooklin Pickett, first went to Monkhouse
Drive to pick up Magluilo, but could not find him because he
was not where he said he would be. Before Wheat and Pickett
left, Lacy Smith contacted them by phone. They picked up
Smith and Todd Scruggs at the Moonrider Inn (located on
Monkhouse Drive) and took them back to the Hilton
called Ted Wheat again asking for a ride. Wheat obliged,
picking up Magluilo at the Greenwood Road exit on Interstate
20 and taking him to Wheat's shop/residence. Initially,
Pickett testified that Magluilo burned his pants at
Wheat's shop because they had blood on them. Later, she
partially recanted, stating that she actually did not know
whose pants were burned and did not see Magluilo without
Thompson testified that she picked up Magluilo from Ted
Wheat's shop/residence and took him to her house. Tiffany
Chaffee was already at Thompson's house at this point.
Thompson and Chaffee both testified that Magluilo confessed
to killing Mark Cornett. However, they reported slightly
different explanations of Magluilo's motive.
testified that Magluilo said he killed Mark Cornett because
Todd Scruggs told him to do so. Chaffee testified that
Magluilo said he thought the car ride to the casino was a
setup for Mark Cornett to kill him. Magluilo explained that
he believed this because Todd Scruggs, during the ride, kept
turning around and telling Magluilo that Cornett had a gun
and was going to kill Magluilo. Magluilo told Chaffee that he
shot Mark Cornett when Cornett stopped the car and bent over
as if reaching for something. Both ...