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
RODERICK ADAMS Pro Se
S. TEW District Attorney Counsel for Appellee
G. SPIRES Assistant District Attorney
WILLIAMS, GARRETT, and THOMPSON, JJ.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...