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Justice seeker

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#1 Apr 2, 2007
Looks like Hailey will be serving his 87 years. His appeal was turned down and
his conviction and sentence was AFFIRMED by the appeals court.
Every argument he presented was shot down.

YAY!!!!!

I posted the Opinion of the Court of Appeals on Webbsleuths to the Butts murders forum- if anyone wants to read it.
Justice seeker

United States

#5 Apr 3, 2007
Judgment rendered February 28, 2007.
Application for rehearing may be filed within the delay
allowed by Art. 922, La. C. Cr.P.

No. 41,897-KA

COURT OF APPEAL
SECOND DISTRICT
STATE OF LOUISIANA

*****

STATE OF LOUISIANA APPELLEE

VERSUS

MICHAEL KEVIN HAILEY APPELLANT

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Appealed from the First Judicial District Court
for the Parish of Caddo
Trial Court No. 234,728

Honorable Ramona L. Emanuel, Judge

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ANITA D. McKEITHEN Counsel for Appellant

PAUL J. CARMOUCHE Counsel for Appellee
District Attorney

DALE G. COX
WILLIAM J. EDWARDS
JOHATHAN THOMPSON
Assistant District Attorneys

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Before BROWN, WILLIAMS, and SEXTON (Pro Tempore), JJ.

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BROWN, CHIEF JUDGE,

Defendant, Michael Kevin Hailey, was tried and convicted
of the attempted second degree murder of Jeremy Craig and sentenced as a fourth felony habitual offender to 87 years imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
Defendant now appeals, urging three assignments of error.
For reasons set forth below, defendant's conviction and sentence
are affirmed.

Discussion

Sufficiency of the Evidence

The standard of appellate review for a sufficiency of the evidence
claim is whether, after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, any rational tier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

(Citations omitted)

To be guilty of attempted murder, a defendant must have the specific intent to kill; the mere intent to commit great bodily harm is insufficient to convict a defendant of attempted first or second degree murder.

(Citations ommitted)

Specific intent is that state of mind that exists when the circumstances indicate the offender actively desired the proscribed
criminal consequences to follow his act or failure to act.

(Citations ommitted)

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The determination of whether the requisite intent is present in a criminal case is for the trier of fact. It is for the factfinder to weigh the credibility of the witnesses and a reviewing court should not second guess those determinations.

(Citations ommitted)

The incident occurred close to 2 a.m. on March 28, 2004, in the parking lot at Tony's Hilltop Bar in Vivian, Louisiana. The victim, Jeremy craig, testified that he, his wife, Shannon, and a few of their friends were in the bar relaxing. Also at the bar were defendant Michael Hailey, his brother, Chad Weaver, their mother, Kathy Weaver, and Chad's girlfriend, Donna Williamson. Neither Craig nor any of his friends were acquainted with defendant, a resident of Atlanta, Texas, prior to this incident.

Defendant got into an argument with a man named Rodney and they went outside and fought. The owner of the bar, Tony Gardner, went outside to monitor the situation, and, according to Jeremy craig, a female bartender asked him to go outside and help the bar owner. The fight between defendant and Rodney stopped soon thereafter, and defendant and his brother, Chad Weaver, got into their car to leave. However, another bar patron known as "Scooby" reached into the vehicle and slapped Chad.
At that point, defendant and Chad got out of the car to fight with Scooby.

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Justice seeker

United States

#6 Apr 3, 2007
In an effort to break up the fight, several patrons grabbed Scooby
while Jeremy grabbed Chad. Craig described what happened next:

I was holding Chad back. I just turned around. I seen his brother heading my way. I took my eyes back off of him and looked back that way. You know, the second time I looked around, I seen him swinging at me.... I tried to dodge away from him.... that's when I noticed I was cut.... my right arm.... It felt like somebody had thrown a drink on me. I felt my arm go numb, and I looked down and blood was shooting out.... of my arm.

Craig's friend, Angela Polite, and another witness, Teresa Rogers, testified that Craig had been trying to break up the fight between Chad and Scooby when they saw the defendant had something in his hand.
They saw defendant pick Craig up and slam him to the ground. Ms. Polite saw blood "gushing" or "spurting" out of Craig's arm "like somebody had turned on a faucet." Afterwards, Ms. Polite saw defendant wipe his hands down the front of his pants before putting them both in his pockets. Ms. Rogers described the defendant's look as "raging" or "cold."

After Gardner pulled defendant off of Craig, a volunteer fireman arrived and began caring for the victim. Shortly thereafter, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office ("CPSO") Deputy Eric Lawrence arrived. When Dy. Lawrence saw how badly Craig was injured, the deputy called for the air ambulance. Craig was flown to LSU Medical Center by helicopter ambulance.

Detective Stacy Cowgill interviewed defendant the day after the incident. According to defendant, he threw the first punch at Jeremy Craig but said that it was done in self-defense. Defendant admitted that he slammed Craig to the ground, but denied stabbing him.

According to

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defendant, he did not even have a knife. Defendant stated that at the time of his confrontation with Craig, his brother, Chad was fighting with two or three other people. Defendant's mother came into the CPSO the next day and told Detective Cowgill that Jeremy Craig stabbed her son Chad, so Chad must have been the one who stabbed Jeremy. According to Ms. Weaver, Dy. Cowgill had arrested the wrong person and if anyone should have been arrested, it was Chad.

Both Craig and Angela Polite identified the defendant at trial as the man who had cut and stabbed Craig. Teresa Rogers was not able to positively identify defendant. Ms. Rogers said that defendant resembled the Kevin Hailey that she knew.

Defendant's only witness, Russell Green, who was a friend of defendant's father, testified that he was running the karoke machine at Tony's Hilltop Bar the night of the altercation and witnessed part of the fight between Craig and defendant. Green stated that he helped break up the fight. He said that he helped pull defendant out of the fight, and when he did so, defendant basically "pulled back" and stopped fighting. Green testified that he did not see defendant with a knife.

The victim, Jeremy Craig, testified that he was able to move or dodge out of the way of the first blow that defendant struck with his knife. This first and strongest blow was a thrust, rather than a slash, and was directed toward the victim's chest. Apparently, the victim was able to move, defendant only struck the victim's elbow rather than a more vital location.
However, witnesses graphically described the gushing flow of blood caused

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Justice seeker

United States

#7 Apr 3, 2007
by this injury, saying that blood was "shooting" or "spurting" from the wound. Even so, defendant pressed his attack, and at one point picked the victim up by the throat and slammed him down onto the concrete. Further, the victim's bloody shirt had five lacerations and the victim suffered other cut wounds to his chest; this demonstrates the sustained efforts of defendant to cut the victim in a vital area.

Defendant might well have been facing a second-degree murder charge rather than an attempted-murder charge but for the fact that others on the scene broke off defendant's attack and the victim was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Also in this assignment of error, defendant challenges the evidence that he was correctly identified as the perpetrator of the offense.

(Citations ommited)

The supreme court observed:

When the key issue is the defendant's identity as the perpetrator, rather than whether the crime was committed, the State is required to negate any reasonable probability of misidentification. Positive identification by only one witness is sufficient to support a conviction. It is the factfinder who weighs the respective credibilities of the witnesses, and this court will generally not second-guess those determinations.

(Citations ommitted) Although there are some discrepancies between various witnesses' description of defendant's clothing and hairstyle, there was no testimony that the victim fought with or was harmed by any person other than defendant. Indeed, the witnesses unanimously identified

(Citations ommitted)

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defendant as the person with whom the victim was fighting when he sustained the serious stab wound to his arm. There was no substantial question that defendant and not his brother Chad or any other person was the perpetrator of this offense.

This assigned error is without merit.

Denial of Post-trial Motions

On appeal, defendant repeats the arguments he raised in each of his three motions for a new trial in the district court.

Communication by Juror

The first motion for new trial was based upon a conversation that defendant's attorney had with one of the jurors after the conclusion of the trial. According to counsel, the juror, Troy Trussell, apporached defendant's attorney at a party a few days after the trial. Defense counsel told the court that when counsel asked the juror how the jury found specific intent to kill, the juror responded, "We didn't, we went on the great bodily harm part."
Further, the juror told counsel that, "We told (the two dissenting jurors who wanted to vote for attempted manslaughter) that if he had just hit him once, it would have been manslaughter, but because he kept hitting him it couldn't be attempted manslaughter."
Counsel for defendant did not subpoena the juror to testify nor was there a proffer of an affidavit from the juror.

Louisian Code of Evidence article 606B provides:
Justice seeker

United States

#8 Apr 3, 2007
Inquiry into the validity of a verdict or indictment. Upon an inquiry into the validity of a verdict or indictment, a juror may not testify as to any matter or statement occurring during the course of the jury's deliberations or to the effect of anything upon his or any other jurors mind or emotions as influencing him to assent to or dissent from the verdict or indictment concerning his

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mental processes in connection therewith, except that a juror may testify on the question whether any outside influence was improperly brought to bear upon any juror, and, in criminal cases only, whether extraneous prejudicial information was improperly brought to the jury's attention. Nor may his affidavit or evidence of any statement by him concerning a matter about which he would be precluded from testifying by received for these purposes.

This article is closely related, at least in criminal cases, to Federal Rule 606. See the extended discussion of the history of that rule in Tanner v. U.S.
(Citations ommitted)
Jurors may not testify with regard to their mental processes in connection with their verdict. State v. Marshall.
(Citations ommitted)

There is no allegation that "extraneous prejudicial information" played a part in the jury's deliberations.
Compare State v. Horne

As this court stated in Wilhite v. State
The prohibition contained in this article, previously set forth in
La. R.S. 15:470, is intended to preserve the finality of jury verdicts and the confidentiality of discussions among jurors.
State v. Hampton.(Citations ommitted)
Only well-pleaded allegations of prejudicial misconduct violating a defendant's constitutional rights will require an evidentiary hearing at which a juror may testify. Mere conclusory statements devoid of any specificity are insufficient.
State v. Hampton, supra

Juror misconduct is not grounds for an automatic mistrial;
prejudice must also be established.
(Citations ommitted)

The decision on a motion for new trial rests within the sound discretion of the trial judge and his ruling will not be disturbed on appeal absent a clear showing of abuse. State v. Hampton, supra.

Jurisprudence has recognized that this rule of evidence is limited by the federal and state constitutions and must yield when its application would deny fundemental protections to a criminal defendant.

(Citations ommitted)

In State v. Duncan, supra, the First Circuit remanded the matter for a hearing to allow the trial court to determine whether the jury's verdict was unanimous because there was a factual question about the vote of one juror. In other cases, courts have refused to order a remand because the allegations were simply that the jury based its verdict on something that arguably was not in evidence. In the instant case, the allegation is that the jury based its verdict upon a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the applicable law.

The record shows that the court correctly instructed the jury on the law. The jury's understanding of, or failure to understand, the instruction of the court is not an "extraneous" matter but instead is a question about the intrinsic

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Justice seeker

United States

#9 Apr 3, 2007
workings of the jury, something that has traditionally been beyond the scope of inquiry.(Citations ommitted)

We note that a criminal defendant is already afforded protection against jury irrationality or error by the independent review of the sufficiency of the evidence undertaken by the trial and appellate courts. This review should not be confused with the problems caused by inconsistent verdicts. Sufficiency-of-the evidence review involves assessment by the courts of whether the evidence adduced at trial could support any rational determination of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This review should be independent of the jury's determination that evidence on another count was insufficient. The Government must convince the jury with its proof, and must also satisfy the courts that given this proof the jury could rationally have reached a verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We do not believe that further safeguards against jury irrationality are necessary.

(Citations ommitted) This argument is without merit.

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Continued
James Clark/Teresa Rogers Testimony

Defendant next argues that he should have a new trial because he located a witness to the events who could contradict the testimony of Teresa Rogers that she saw the fight between Hailey and Craig and that she saw
defendant with a knife. The testimony of this witness, James Clark, was not as conclusive of the issue as defendant argues in brief.
Clark admitted that he and Ms. Rogers went outside at some point during the event before

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Justice seeker

United States

#10 Apr 3, 2007
defendant left the scene and it was his interpretaion of the timing of the events that led to his belief that Ms. Rogers could not have seen what she claimed to have observed. Given the testimony of the other witnesses, especially the testimony of the victim himself, it is very unlikely that the testimony of Clark would have led to a different verdict.

This argument is without merit.

Pictures of Chad Weaver's Wounds

Finally, defendant urges that he should have a new trial to allow a jury to see the newly-discovered photos of Chad Weaver's allegedly
self-inflicted wounds. Chad Weaver could not be located at any point in these proceedings and did not testify. Nevertheless, according to all of the witnesses, Chad Weaver was not the one who was fighting with the victim when the victim sustained his stab wounds. As noted above, every witness identified defendant as the only person who fought with the victim. The stab wounds to Chad Weaver were of little relevance to the proceeding and confirmation of their existence could not possibly have changed the verdict.

This argument is without merit.

Excessive Sentence

The state charged defendant as a fourth felony habitual offender. Two of the defendant's prior convictions were in Cass County, Texas, for forgery in 1998 and 2000. His third felony was a Caddo Parish, Louisiana, conviction for forgery in 2001. Based upon these prior convictions, the court adjudicated defendant to be a fourth felony offender.

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At sentencing, the victim, Jeremy Craig, testified about the severe impact the crime had upon him financially and mentally and asked the court to impose the maximum sentence. Defendant asked the court to deviate downward from the sentence specified by the habitual offender law because his prior convictions were all non-violent crimes (forgery) and the Texas convictions were the lowest grade of felony offense in that state. The state noted that defendant also had a burglary conviction and had been charged, without adjudication, with attempted murder (the weapon was a knife) during his time in the Navy.
Finally, the state noted that defendant was the only suspect ever arrested in a 1992 unsolved triple murder in Cass County, Texas; However, defendant was no-true-billed by the grand jury.

Although defendant's prior convictions for forgery were non-violent offenses, he more than made up for that with a vicious and unprovoked attack on Jeremy Craig, who, by all accounts, was simply trying to break up a fight and get the combatants to go home. The court appropriately concluded that there was no reason to deviate from the sentence range required by the habitual offender statute. It was also proper that the sentence be without parole as the underlying offense of attempted second degree murder requires any sentence to be served without benefit of parole.

(Citations ommitted)
Justice seeker

United States

#11 Apr 3, 2007
Conclusion

For the reasons set forth above, defendant's conviction and sentence are AFFIRMED.

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“If life gives you melons”

Since: Nov 06

You might be dyslexic

#12 Apr 3, 2007
Thank you JS!
Hick

United States

#14 Apr 4, 2007
Yall just now getting that old news? Darn seems that you people that know so much would have known about that already.
Justice seeker

United States

#15 Apr 4, 2007
You're an ego-maniac. It's kind of tough
for me to get news of Louisiana in Washington. I did my own research and found out on my own. I did what YOU
and what's her face should have done.
Shared it with everyone!

You two are are NOT advocates for Justice!
Players or maybe gangstas as my grand kids would say fits you.
You make me sick at my stomach!

Go back to your hole.

“If life gives you melons”

Since: Nov 06

You might be dyslexic

#16 Apr 4, 2007
Thanks for contributing to the board and posting that for all of us Hick. (tic)
Tired Of Censorship

Since: Nov 06

Palo Alto, CA

#17 Apr 5, 2007
Justice seeker wrote:
You're an ego-maniac. It's kind of tough
for me to get news of Louisiana in Washington. I did my own research and found out on my own. I did what YOU
and what's her face should have done.
Shared it with everyone!
You two are are NOT advocates for Justice!
Players or maybe gangstas as my grand kids would say fits you.
You make me sick at my stomach!
Go back to your hole.
I think it is a competition with them to say they already knew stuff. Thank you for bringing the information here. And you are right, they are not advocates for justice, they are not here to share, they are here to try and convince people they are the "in" crowd, and of course to fight with the woundeds.
Justice seeker

United States

#20 Apr 5, 2007
LOL Wounded.
You are welcome everyone.

Since: Nov 06

United States

#21 Apr 5, 2007
Tird,beagle and just peeper, yalls opinions are not important to me in the least. As long as yall believe and stand behind everything wounded says(right or wrong) my opinion of yall will not change. And tird yall's and other sites have had the chance to have our input and information but yall only choose to believe what wounded says its ok to believe, so we feel yall are not truely looking for the truth. Hence the reason it was not posted here. I do apologize to a couple of the posters that would have liked to have recieved that information earlier but it was posted on itsy's site and we haven't seen but a couple of other posters on this forum that deserved the time it takes to post, especially knowing that wounded and his gang will criticize our post when we make it. But the legit posters i'm apologizing to know who they are i think, and they are more than welcome to join itsy's site whenever they wish.

“If life gives you melons”

Since: Nov 06

You might be dyslexic

#22 Apr 5, 2007
hick wrote:
Tird,beagle and just peeper, yalls opinions are not important to me in the least. As long as yall believe and stand behind everything wounded says(right or wrong) my opinion of yall will not change. And tird yall's and other sites have had the chance to have our input and information but yall only choose to believe what wounded says its ok to believe, so we feel yall are not truely looking for the truth. Hence the reason it was not posted here. I do apologize to a couple of the posters that would have liked to have recieved that information earlier but it was posted on itsy's site and we haven't seen but a couple of other posters on this forum that deserved the time it takes to post, especially knowing that wounded and his gang will criticize our post when we make it. But the legit posters i'm apologizing to know who they are i think, and they are more than welcome to join itsy's site whenever they wish.
Don't always blame others for your shortcomings hick. NO ONE would have criticized you for keeping people informed.

You ARE only concerned about yourself and you are not an advocate for justice, and you are not a "team player". If you were, you would have given the information for everyone to see. Itsy has a private site---way to keep people informed!

“Idaho Wilderness”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#24 Apr 6, 2007
They are getting attention which is what they thrive on. Hopefully, they've gone back to their private hole now.

LOL
hick

United States

#26 Apr 6, 2007
Legal said: "You ARE only concerned about yourself and you are not an advocate for justice, and you are not a "team player"." And your one to tell me about being a "team player". Well if it means playing for a team like the one wounded has. No thank you i refuse to play on his team. His team is as corrupt as the people that he is accusing of being corrupt.
hick

United States

#27 Apr 6, 2007
wounded where did i anytime say that Gerri, Jessica and Mackenzie were the only ones that need justice. Another one of your made up lies. There are plenty of people that need justice and the system is there for them. Yes it don't always work the way we want it to but your more than welcome to lobby congress to get them to run it the way you want it to be.And another thing my wife is definately not my lower half. She is a good wife, mother and grandmother regardless of what you think.

wounded said: "Gerri and the girls are not the main agenda to me no more than my son's case. He is dead "I CAN NOT" bring him back.
But dang it to hello I can fight the trash county and the officials who as in the Butts case haven't done their jobs.

I know my son he would be leading the pack to fight for justice.

Don't blame the fact that the two of you are just glory seeking freaks on me."

Wounded your agenda is a vendetta and to a certain extent i understand that but sometimes you just carry it to far and slander innocent people without any proof to back up your accusations. Now as far as the statement about if your son was here you know he would be fighting for justice. Well before your son died you nor he were fighting for justice for anyone. You only concerned yourselves with yourselves. As a matter of fact your son was running with a meth dealer and i'm sure he was doing a little dealing himself or the dealer wouldn't have trusted him enough to let him be around him all the time like he did. Now if running with a meth dealer and dealing drugs is fighting for justice for people then i'm just a little bit confused here on what people construe as fighting for justice. Ok last but not least we seek no glory for anything we only seek justice for our friend and her two daughters. But you have turned your vendetta against Cass County into a (see what i did to them now) glory seeking venture of your own for quite some time now. And everyone that see's what you say can see that. But keep on that way people will realize the reason we have to stay on top of what you are doing. Its part of our objective as you say to make sure everyone knows you are as corrupt as anyone out there.
hick

United States

#28 Apr 6, 2007
js show me all that attention we are getting and then turn around and show us all that attention wounded is trying to get. See the difference is we will not agree to let people use us for money or books or things of that nature. Sure we probably could with all the information we have acquired over the years but guess what. They will get that information when Hell Freeze's Over if there intentions are for blood money. We will not sell our friend short. Not today not tomorrow not ever. You can take that to the bank. But i would be willing to bet some of your friends that you say are so honorable wouldn't let a chance to make some bucks pass them by now would they? Include yourself in that list.

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