Appealed from the First Judicial District Court for the
Parish of Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 341, 125 Honorable
John D. Mosely, Jr., Judge
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT By: Carey J. Ellis, III Counsel
RAY KILLINGSWORTH Pro Se
E. STEWART, SR. District Attorney Counsel for Appellee
SUZANNE M. WILLIAMS RON C. STAMPS PAMELA R. MOSER Assistant
WILLIAMS, MOORE, and STONE, JJ.
defendant, Steven Killingsworth, was convicted of attempted
second degree murder and sentenced to 50 years at hard labor,
without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of
sentence. On appeal, appellate counsel has filed a motion to
withdraw, along with a brief pursuant to Anders v.
California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493
(1967), alleging that there are no nonfrivolous issues on
which to base the appeal. This court held the motion to
withdraw in abeyance and allowed the defendant 30 days in
which to file a pro se brief. Killingsworth filed a pro se
brief, assigning one error.
review, we affirm Killingsworth's conviction and sentence
and grant appellate counsel's motion to withdraw.
Killingsworth, of Dallas, Texas, and Mariam Tamica Harley, of
Shreveport, were in a long-distance relationship. Ms. Harley
ended the relationship in December 2015. On Sunday, May 22,
2016, Killingsworth appeared at Ms. Harley's home at 9:00
a.m. without invitation. Seeking reconciliation, he refused
to leave when Ms. Harley requested that he do so. Eventually,
Ms. Harley was able to get away in her car with her children.
When she returned, she saw Killingsworth approaching again.
She tried to drive away, but in her panic, she crashed the
vehicle. Killingsworth approached her with a shotgun that he
purchased in Marshall, Texas. As Ms. Harley tried to run
away, Killingsworth shot her five times at close range
causing extensive injuries, including a collapsed lung, deep
open wounds, an arm almost completely severed at the shoulder
and massive vascular and tissue damage. Fortunately, she
survived the attack, but had to undergo numerous surgeries,
lost her arm, and will be maimed for life.
who witnessed the attack came to Ms. Harley's aid. With
some forceful persuasion from the outraged neighbors,
Killingsworth remained at the crime scene on all fours on the
ground bleeding and murmuring when police arrived. He was
arrested and taken to the hospital.
28, 2016, Killingsworth was charged by bill of information
with the attempted second degree murder of Ms. Harley, in
violation of La. R.S. 14:30.1 and 14:27. The three-day trial
began on September 24, 2018. Killingsworth represented
himself, with Michelle Andrepont serving as standby counsel.
The jury found him guilty as charged.
filed a motion for new trial and a motion for post-verdict
judgment of acquittal which were both denied October 3, 2018.
trial court sentenced Killingsworth to the maximum of 50
years at hard labor, without benefit of probation, parole, or
suspension of sentence. He was given credit for time served