FACTSOn March 27, 2007, Beecham and Freda Lovelace were involved in a two-vehicle accident in DeSoto County, Mississippi. After being extricated from her vehicle, Lovelace was air lifted to a regional medical center in Memphis, Tennessee, where she eventually died from her injuries. Her death certificate states the cause of death was “complications of blunt force injuries to [the] head and chest.” After a trial by jury, Beecham was found guilty of DUI and causing the death of Lovelace.
At trial, eight witnesses testified for the State during its case-in-chief. Once the State rested its case, Beecham moved for a directed verdict, which was denied. Beecham then rested his case without producing any evidence, but as part of his defense, he had the jury visit the scene of the accident. After hearing all of the evidence at trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of DUI causing a death.
At the sentencing hearing, Beecham was adjudicated as a habitual offender within the meaning and purview of section 99-19-81. Beecham was then sentenced to twenty-five years in the custody of the MDOC.
Judge(s): David M. Ishee
Jurisdiction: Mississippi Court of Appeals
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|John Champion||Office of the Desoto County District Attorney|
|Billy Gore||Office of the Mississippi Attorney General|