It was nearing closing time. By so failing no prejudice is shown and the point is denied. Previously city included Houston TX. State v. Thomas, 625 S.W.2d 115, 124 (Mo.1981). Counsel refused to aid Wilkins in this sordid goal. Such a trial should be required in any case in which the state seeks to execute a person who was a juvenile at the time the offense was committed. Sometime later, defendant confided to his attorney that he wished to withdraw his pleas of not guilty, enter pleas of guilty to all charges and seek the death sentence for the murder of Nancy Allen. Further, Defendant was repeatedly advised by counsel and the court not to plead guilty and seek the death penalty. Nor do we take lightly defendant's apparent disregard for the lives of others. Mandracchia's oral testimony was consistent with his report which the parties had in hand and had defense counsel not called Mandracchia beyond question the prosecution would have produced him as a witness. In both Stanford v. Kentucky, and the parallel case Wilkins v. Missouri, the Supreme Court affirmed the capital punishments handed down in lower courts. Thus the state's own witnesses, when confronted with the realities of the defendant's choice, retreated from their prior positions. Richardson v. State, 555 S.W.2d 83, 87 (Mo.1977). The trial judge clearly indicates that he considered mitigating factors in addition to defendant's age in the required trial report. denied, 463 U.S. 993, 104 S. Ct. 2375, 80 L. Ed. The next witness, Dr. W.S. Despite the finding of defendant's competency, Judge McFarland did not immediately grant his motion to proceed pro se. [11] He was withdrawn, isolated, depressed, impulsive, displaying intermittent episodes of paranoid functioning. Sidebottom v. State, 781 S.W.2d 791, 795 (Mo. The transcripts of the original and postconviction proceedings reveal an experienced trial judge who cautiously and carefully dealt with the issues presented. Even if defendant's claim were preserved for consideration, it would be unavailing. To avoid detection they went through the woods to the deli. In the protracted proceedings hereinbefore discussed, Judge McFarland perhaps more than any person was favorably positioned to understand defendant and evaluate the evidence. Defendant acknowledged the court's concerns, but stood fast in his decision and the cause was again continued, this time until May 9, with Judge McFarland urging defendant to reconsider and think "fully" about his decision. Finally, counsel contends that the death penalty is cruel and unusual per the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 21 of the Missouri Constitution. In Miller, the court of appeals decided that an attorney who believed his client incompetent to proceed to trial but failed in part to contest the report of the medical examiner and subject that examiner *499 to cross-examination at a competency hearing, had rendered ineffective assistance of counsel. We find only that Wilkins' age, his mental and emotional instability, and extensive drug use coagulate, inseparably, to quicken the conclusion, in our view the only conclusion, that the ultimate price is an excessive one to be levied on this defendant. 2d 638 (1987) and dissenting opinion of Powell, J., at 3138. Nancy Allen, the store clerk, was alone, seated behind the counter, when the boys entered. During the period before the crime, defendant sharpened his "butterfly" knife (a narrow-bladed martial arts weapon) with a diamond file. Defendant may not use the postconviction rules as a platform to relitigate issues decided on appeal. The contention is denied. [4] The Court commends Mr. Duchardt's service to the court below, under what undoubtedly were frustrating circumstances. However, she rolled into a spread-eagled position with her back on the floor. Judge Donnelly, in his dissenting opinion, demonstrates the vagaries in jury sentencing, describing killings which are no less repulsive, but in which the jury did not assess the death penalty. Even though Wilkins' condition could not be termed a legally recognized mental disease or defect, Chapter 552, RSMo 1986, Logan submitted in his report that: On these facts, considering defendant's age, and his significant cognitive-emotional disorder, and connected, extensive drug abuse, we hold the sentence excessive and disproportionate. Id. H. Wilkins and Ellen Wilkins. To address this issue we must reexamine the setting. Clearly it is not. On the evening of July 27, 1985, the four individuals were together. Defendant nevertheless executed written waivers of counsel, § 600.051, RSMo 1986, and the court again inquired at length making absolutely sure that defendant understood the range of punishment for each crime. This claim is not supported by the record. The circuit judge ordered a mental examination of defendant by the Western Missouri Mental Health Center which was conducted by a Dr. Steven Mandracchia on November 27. Defendant's decision apparently grew from his realization that the evidence against him was overwhelming and it also appears he experienced some remorse for his acts. The trier may find that a single aggravating circumstance beyond a reasonable doubt "warrant[s] imposing the death sentence." The court did not find two other aggravating circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt that had been requested for consideration by the State: "The offender committed the offense of murder in the first degree for himself or another, for the purpose of receiving money or any other thing of monetary value from the victim of the murder or another." Defendant was "seventeen years and one month old" as of the killing. The elderly woman, "naked, beaten and ravished," suffered nearly three hours before she died. New briefs were filed and argument heard anew. Some four years later in the Rule 24.035 hearing, motion counsel cross-examined Mandracchia on the basis of his testing of defendant and discovered that he was unaware or had forgotten several aspects of Defendant's background, including certain hallucinations as a child. We note that testimony from the Rule 24.035 hearing showed that the juvenile court had before it the complete documentation of defendant's previous institutionalization and various medical and psychiatric reports on the defendant. Defendant Heath A. Wilkins pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to death for the brutal and multiple stabbing killing of a 26-year-old mother of two small children during the course of a robbery of the victim's convenience store. The second case before us today, No. It did not foreclose our consideration of any other points. Defendant silenced her with four stabs into the neck, one of which opened the carotid artery. Id. [13] Defendant had used marijuana since he was five. Defendant and Stevens walked through a *419 wooded area to the nearby deli, leaving Filipiak and Thompson at the hospital to await their return. Considerable portions of defendant's juvenile records offered by the State were kept out by the sustained objections of the defendant himself. 2d 149 (1982), an armed defendant entered a store with his accomplice after waiting for customers to leave so that the lone attendant would be isolated. The death penalty was imposed. Defendant with the intention of robbing the victim had stabbed the victim who did not die at the instant of attack. [5] Indicative of the leeway the trial judge afforded Wilkins, the court informed that in the interim it would consider any change of heart Wilkins entertained reference his plea to the murder charge. The mortal wound was inflicted just below the victim's left eye. As previously noted, for a defendant to succeed on a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, he must demonstrate that counsel's performance was both deficient and prejudicial. Stanford v. Kentucky, 492 U.S. 361, 109 S. Ct. 2969, 106 L. Ed. 2d 306 (1989). Stanford v. Kentucky, 492 U.S. 361, 109 S. Ct. 2969, 106 L. Ed. In State v. Battle, 661 S.W.2d 487 (Mo. Even after inflicting a mortal wound upon Nancy Allen, defendant was not content to let her die. Such is not the case here. Counsel in point three ask us to do no more than what this Court is mandated to do. Then defendant called and attempted to elicit testimony of Patrick Stevens, alleged by defendant as an accomplice in the robbery. Wilkins v. Stephens Petition for certiorari denied on February 23, 2015. Additionally, the term "abandon" connotes a complete withdrawal or walking away from the client without the client having a reasonable opportunity to obtain the service of other counsel. Missouri lived in 1880, at address , Missouri. A mental examination was ordered and the results from the Western Missouri Mental Health Center were filed with the court on December 19, 1985. App.1982). However, on being advised of defendant's changed intention, Mandracchia remained of the same opinion and testified, "I don't feel that he has any psychological or intellectual or cognitive limitations on his capabilities." Dr. Logan, who testified in the trial court, expressed strong reservations about his ability to act in his own interest, and, at the postconviction hearing, said that the defendant was incapable of proceeding without counsel. We note now, as we did then, the report filed by the trial judge states he considered three mitigating factors when assessing punishment against defendant: 1) the age of the defendant, 2) the capacity of the defendant to appreciate the criminality of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law was substantially impaired, and 3) the murder was committed while the defendant was under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance. View Case; Cited Cases; Citing Case ; Citing Cases . This point has not only been addressed by this Court but also by the United States Supreme Court and in each instance this contention has been rejected. Defendant entered knowing that the attendant might be killed after an accomplice's remark before they entered the store. The facts are undisputed, drawn from defendant's statements to a police investigator and to the trial court during the sentencing phase, from reports and testimony of psychiatrists who examined defendant, and from the report of a presentence investigator. Western District. After a guilty plea, counsel's effectiveness is only relevant in a motion for postconviction relief to the extent it affects the voluntariness of the movant's plea. On June 28th, 1988, defendant filed in circuit court his pro se Rule 24.035 motion seeking postconviction relief. Gen., John M. Morris, Asst. The finding that defendant was competent to proceed to trial carries the meaning that defendant is able "to assist in his own defense." See Urofsky, A Right to Die: Termination of Appeal for Condemned Prisoners, 75 J. of Crim.L. Battle and Lashley state the law in Missouri barring contrary adjudication in the United States Supreme Court. Defendant would have us separate competence to proceed from competence to enter a plea, when in law they are inseparable. Moreover, the record supports the court's conclusions under section 565.032.2(7) & (11), RSMo 1986. Wilkins was 16 years and 6 months of age when he murdered Allen. It amply supports the guilt of the defendant. Id. Defendant next argues the trial court erred by allowing in evidence the testimony of Dr. Logan, privileged under §§ 552.015, 211.321, and 552.015, RSMo 1986. L.Rev. Rule 24.035(h). The transcript of this proceeding contains almost one thousand pages and more than 600 pages of exhibits and on July 26, the court denied defendant's motions. Additionally, the court attempted to dissuade defendant informing him he felt the decision to plead guilty and seek the death penalty was a poor one; stressing repeatedly the seriousness of defendant's intended actions, the court emphasized that point by describing the horrors of dying by lethal gas. The Missouri legislature had never directly examined The trial court entertained this current version of defendant's assertion as an issue not foreclosed by the direct review, and while he appears to have erred in so doing we are loathe to condemn his willingness to permit defendant the opportunity for further hearing on the competency issue and shall examine the record to determine if his findings were clearly erroneous. Troupe v. State, 766 S.W.2d 722, 723 (Mo.App.1989). It cannot be successfully argued that the defendant "waived" the point by failure to appeal. WILKINS v. ALLIED STORES OF MISSOURI Email | Print | Comments (0) No. The trier's judgment as to the appropriateness of the sentence must be guided but is still discretional. For his tenth point defendant argues that Missouri's death penalty scheme is unconstitutional in that the aggravating circumstance "depravity of mind" enumerated in § 565.032.2(7), RSMo 1986, is unconstitutionally vague. at 96. [3] The court constantly reminded defendant of the wisdom of professional representation throughout these proceedings. In State v. Lashley, 678 S.W.2d 712 (Mo. On cross-examination, he stated the defendant was competent to plead guilty or not guilty to the crimes charged. In the second point it is contended that the trier failed to consider mitigation as required by state statute, Section 565.030.4, RSMo Supp.1984, and by Eddings v. Oklahoma, 455 U.S. 104, 110-14, 102 S. Ct. 869, 874-77, 71 L. Ed. The report further stated that the defendant was competent to aid and cooperate with any attorney who may be appointed for him. Wilkins immediately moved, pro se, to represent himself before the court. The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in Wilkins v. Missouri, 487 U.S. 1233, 108 S. Ct. 2896, 101 L. Ed. When the case was resumed, he offered written petitions to enter the desired pleas. [3] As previously discussed, Duchardt was requested by the court to remain in the courtroom during all stages of defendant's trial and to be available for any questions that defendant may have had and act as "standby" counsel should defendant change his mind and wish representation by counsel. ED 92092. Failure to request a mental examination at this juncture cannot be said to indicate conduct rising to a level of ineffectiveness which subverted defendant's constitutional rights. Mary E. Davidson, Clayton, MO, for appellant. Specifically, Mother asserts that the motion court erred in … Here, defendant, possessed of a ninth grade education, was found to be of average intelligence and throughout demonstrated a credible level of competence in handling his case. The psychological record is not insufficient as characterized by counsel but extensive and consists not only of the expert testimony but also the galaxy of tests, and records on which they relied, from the numerous institutions with which defendant had dealt. Lines must be drawn somewhere; the offender below fourteen may not be punished as a criminal. Officials at Crittenton Center expressed concern that defendant was at risk for violent, destructive, or self-destructive acts. banc 1981). 2d 993 (1986). 921, 923 (1985). 1170 (1987). Death was imposed. The court offered him a chance even at this late stage to withdraw his plea. of Supreme Court of Missouri opinions. At the conclusion of the arguments by the State and amicus curiae attorneys, defendant addressed the Court taking issue with several of the public defenders' comments, in which it was stated that defendant was incompetent at the time of the crime, at the time of the trial and at the hearings. Similarly, the evidence supports his finding that defendant Wilkins committed the murder of Nancy Allen in a wantonly vile, horrible and inhuman manner. 2d 562 (1975), and the test depends "in each case upon the particular facts and circumstances surrounding that case, including the background, experience, and conduct of the accused." Nonetheless, he found that the defendant had average intelligence. In fact, Dr. Logan characterized "the execution of the crime as very purposeful, very deliberate, very well planned ... [with the defendant making] numerous efforts to avoid detection, showing that he appreciated the wrongfulness of it...." After hearing this testimony and interrogating defendant, the court found defendant to be competent. banc), cert. Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, 188-95, 96 S. Ct. 2909, 2932-36, 49 L. Ed. A competency hearing was set for April 16th to inquire into the competency of the defendant at the time of his act as well as his present competency to stand trial. § 565.035.5(2), RSMo 1986. banc 1988), this Court said: In writing as I do, I realize that the trial court found the defendant competent to stand trial. Counsel for defendant raise four major points and multiple sub-points in their brief. Wilkins threw his knife into the lake to avoid discovery. Neither the record nor counsel suggest the sentence imposed reflects the least hint of passion, prejudice or arbitrariness. Allen v. Fewel, 337 Mo. This is merely a variant of defendant's fourth point on appeal. Mr. Duchardt's role is not without precedent and closely resembles the situation in State v. Rollie, 585 S.W.2d 78 (Mo.App. There is no compelling reason *507 to hold the defendant to a decision to argue for his own death. Mandracchia's reports containing the results of his examination were filed with the circuit court the following month and shortly thereafter defendant obtained an additional mental examination at his expense. Defendant's untimely contention is waived. Arbeiter v. State, 738 S.W.2d 515, 516 (Mo.App.1987). [9] In none of the above, Lashley, Battle, Blair, Beck, Greathouse, Baskerville, Allen, Scott, Hurt, or White, was the nature of the defendant such as to raise serious question, as here, whether the defendant should be held so completely responsible for his conduct that we should affirm his sentence.[10]. However, Stevens asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer defendant's questions. The court then offered defendant one last chance to withdraw his plea of guilty to first degree murder and again defendant declined informing the court he wished to proceed as previously stated. Defendant used his share of the money to buy drugs. See § 565.032.2(7), RSMo 1986. On receipt of Mandracchia's report, December 23, 1985, the defendant's counsel moved for an additional mental examination at defendant's expense. Sometimes Skytaurus goes by various nicknames including Skytaurus Vanayatha Porter, Skytauras Vanyath Porter, Skytaurus V Wilkins, Skytaurus Vanayatha Wilkins and Skytaurus Vanayatha Wilkins … The operative facts of the crime may be found in 736 S.W.2d 409, 411-412, detailing Wilkins' vicious conduct which when coupled with other relevant evidence warranted the sentence of death. At the sentencing hearing of June 27, 1986, the court entered the maximum sentences on the two lesser charges. Id. § 565.035.3(3), RSMo 1986. 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