APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 17-288, DIVISION
"G" HONORABLE E. ADRIAN ADAMS, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr., Terry M. Boudreaux, Gail D. Schlosser, Molly
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, RONALD M. MITCHELL Gwendolyn
composed of Judges Susan M. Chehardy, Robert A. Chaisson, and
John J. Molaison, Jr.
A. CHAISSON, JUDGE.
Ronald Mitchell, appeals his convictions and sentences for
second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon. On appeal, defendant contends that the trial
court erred in allowing the admission of other crimes
evidence at trial. For the reasons that follow, we find no
merit to defendant's argument, and accordingly, we affirm
his convictions and sentence.
March 16, 2017, the Jefferson Parish Grand Jury returned an
indictment charging defendant with second degree murder, in
violation of La. R.S. 14:30.1 (count one), and possession of
a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of La. R.S.
14:95.1 (count two). On March 28, 2017, defendant was arraigned
and pled not guilty.
January 9, 2018, the matter proceeded to trial and continued
until January 12, 2018, when the jury returned a verdict of
guilty as charged on both counts. On January 25, 2018, the
trial court sentenced defendant to life imprisonment at hard
labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of
sentence on count one and twenty years at hard labor without
benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence and a
$1, 000.00 fine on count two.
present case, it is uncontested that defendant shot and
killed his ex-wife, Derice Bailey, on the evening of December
2, 2016, following an argument about the victim's alleged
infidelities. According to evidence presented at trial,
at approximately 6:04 p.m., Emilda Hamilton, a friend of the
victim, received a Facebook call from the victim. Upon
answering the call, Ms. Hamilton heard "tussling"
and someone say "Stop!" "Get off of me,"
and "I can't breathe, stop!" Ms. Hamilton
immediately contacted another friend, Chantrice Thomas, and
asked her to go over to the victim's house because she
and defendant were fighting. Ms. Thomas then contacted
Daytona Tucker asking her to meet at the house, which was on
Aero Street in Metairie. Ms. Tucker arrived first and began
talking to Ms. Bailey and defendant. Ms. Thomas then arrived
with her son, and the adults talked in the living room about
defendant's allegation that the victim was cheating on
to testimony at trial, the situation appeared to have settled
down, and Ms. Tucker planned to bring defendant to his
mother's house. At some point, defendant walked to the
back of the house, returned with a gun, and forced Ms.
Tucker, Ms. Thomas, and her son out of the house. Ms. Thomas
immediately called 9-1-1.
Christopher Ohlmeyer with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's
Office responded to the call, and upon arrival to the area,
he encountered Ms. Thomas, who advised him of the situation.
As Deputy Ohlmeyer approached the front door of the house, he
heard two gunshots. Shortly ...