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State v. Adams

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Second Circuit

November 20, 2019


          Appealed from the Fourth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Morehouse, Louisiana Trial Court No. 2016-723F Honorable Clarence Wendell Manning, Judge

          LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT By: Carey J. Ellis, III Counsel for Appellant

          RODERICK ADAMS Pro Se

          ROBERT S. TEW District Attorney Counsel for Appellee

          JOHN G. SPIRES Assistant District Attorney

          Before WILLIAMS, GARRETT, and THOMPSON, JJ.

          WILLIAMS, C.J.

         The defendant, Roderick Adams, was charged by bill of information with armed robbery, a violation of La. R.S. 14:64, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, a violation of La. R.S. 14:64 and 14:26. After a jury trial, the defendant was found guilty as charged. The trial court sentenced defendant to serve 50 years at hard labor for the armed robbery conviction and 25 years at hard labor for the conspiracy conviction. Both sentences were imposed without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence and were ordered to run concurrently. Defendant's timely filed motion to reconsider sentence was denied. For the following reasons, we affirm.


         The record shows that after midnight on August 4, 2016, in Bastrop, Louisiana, three young males approached elderly Hubert Williams, ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and robbed him of his debit card and his cell phone. Defendant was later identified as a suspect and arrested for the offense. The following testimony was adduced at trial.

         Captain Kesonya Lynch with the Bastrop Police Department ("BPD") testified that on August 4, 2016, she responded to a call of a prowler in the area of Van and Pleasant Streets in Bastrop. Cpt. Lynch stated that when she arrived at the address of the caller, a woman pointed toward a man in the street, Hubert Williams, who said that he needed a ride home and appeared to be intoxicated. Cpt. Lynch testified that she knew Williams as a drinker from previous contact with him and gave him a ride. She stated that during the drive, Williams said he had been robbed by three young black men in the area of Pleasant and George Streets. Cpt. Lynch testified that Williams told her the men had taken his cell phone and money and he described one man as "light-skinned with dreads, a little black one and a smaller one that was a little lighter than the black one." Cpt. Lynch testified that when she returned to duty for her next shift she learned of a call about juveniles displaying a firearm at the Eden Apartments, a location which was near the scene of the Williams robbery. According to Cpt. Lynch, she went to Eden Apartments and encountered Sergeant Carl Givens, who said that the two juveniles with whom he had spoken had been released and were not present. Cpt. Lynch testified that Sgt. Givens' description of the young men matched the description of the assailants previously provided by Williams.

         Sergeant Givens, also of the BPD, testified that he responded to the call regarding juveniles displaying a firearm near the office of the Eden Apartments. Sgt. Givens stated that he recognized two of the individuals as defendant and Troy Minnieweather. Sgt. Givens testified that defendant's hair was in "dreads" at that time and matched the description that Williams had given Cpt. Lynch. According to Sgt. Givens, the officers searched the area but did not locate a weapon. Sgt. Givens testified that the Eden Apartments are in close proximity to where the Williams robbery occurred and corroborated Cpt. Lynch's testimony that Williams was known as a functional alcoholic.

         Minnieweather, one of the co-perpetrators, testified that he had pled guilty to conspiracy to commit the armed robbery of Williams along with Jarious Jimmerson and defendant, who had pointed a shotgun at the victim. Minnieweather stated that they took the victim's cell phone and debit card before returning to the Eden Apartments.

         Hubert Williams testified that in August 2016, he was robbed by three young men after midnight as he walked on George Street. Williams stated that defendant pulled a shotgun out of his pants leg, pointed the gun at his head and told him to get down on the ground. Williams testified that he was begging the men not to shoot him as they went through his pockets. He stated that the men took his cell phone, $200 in cash and his debit card and then walked away in the direction of the Eden Apartments. Williams testified that he went to a house to ask for a phone, but the owner told him to leave the property. Williams stated that when Cpt. Lynch arrived a short time later, he told her he had been robbed and needed a ride home. Williams testified that ...

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