FROM THE NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF RAPIDES, NO.
321, 112 HONORABLE MARY LAUVE DOGGETT, DISTRICT JUDGE.
K. Bauman Counsel for Defendant/Appellant: Julius Jamal
Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Landry Colin Clark Counsel for
Appellee: State of Louisiana
Phillip Terrell, Jr. Michael Shannon Counsel for Appellee:
State of Louisiana
Jamal Garnett Defendant/Appellant
composed of Phyllis M. Keaty, D. Kent Savoie, and Van H.
PHYLLIS M. KEATY JUDGE.
Julius Jamal Garnett, appeals his conviction and sentence for
first degree murder. For the following reasons,
Defendant's conviction and sentence are affirmed, and
appellate counsel's motion to withdraw is granted.
AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
9, 2014, Pamela Carnahan was found dead in her apartment
located in Alexandria, Louisiana. She died from stab wounds,
and items found at the scene of the crime contained
Defendant's DNA. On September 25, 2014, Defendant was
indicted for first degree murder, a violation of La.R.S.
14:30. Following a jury trial, a mistrial was declared on
March 17, 2016. Thereafter, another jury was selected, and a
second trial commenced. On July 14, 2016, Defendant was found
guilty as charged by an eleven to one vote. On July 22, 2016,
Defendant's motion for post-verdict judgment of acquittal
was denied in open court. Defendant waived sentencing delays,
and the trial court sentenced him to life imprisonment at
hard labor, without the benefit of probation, parole, or
suspension of sentence.
counsel has filed a motion and supporting brief, seeking to
withdraw pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S.
738, 87 S.Ct. 1396 (1967), alleging that there are no
non-frivolous issues for this court to review. Additionally,
Defendant has filed a pro se brief on appeal, asserting the
following two errors.
(1) The evidence presented in this case is insufficient to
sustain [Defendant's] conviction.
(2) The jury's verdict was not unanimous as required by
Article I, §§ 2, 3, and 17(A) of the Louisiana
Constitution of 1974, La. C.Cr.P. art. 782, and the Fifth,
Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States
accordance with La.Code Crim.P. art. 920, all appeals are
reviewed for errors patent on the face of the record. After
reviewing the record, we find no errors patent.
Pro Se Assignment of Error Number 1
first pro se assignment of error, Defendant contends that the
evidence adduced against him at trial was circumstantial and
insufficient to support his conviction. Defendant questions
whether the State presented sufficient evidence to prove any
underlying felony ...