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Monsters Among Us: Mary Ann Adams and her brother John Barrett killed Mary Ann Woolf for the insurance

remembering the victimsMary Ann Adams and her brother, John Barrett, were tried together and convicted of murder by a Lauderdale County Circuit Court jury.   They were each sentenced to life in prison. Following the denial of their post trial motions each has perfected an appeal in which they have asserted various allegations of error. Finding no reversible error, this Court affirms their convictions and sentences..

FACTS (from the appeal of the defendants)
The body of Mary Ann Woolf, was found lying face down in a creek bed in Lauderdale County.   Her automobile was perched on an embankment about fifteen feet above the location of her body.   Law enforcement authorities immediately suspected that the scene had been staged to look like an accident.   Woolf’s automobile was dusted and processed for fingerprints and an autopsy was performed on her body.   The state medical examiner who performed the autopsy testified that the cause of Woolf’s death was fresh water drowning.   He testified that, in his professional opinion, the manner of death indicated a homicide.   He testified that certain marks and bruising on the body were evidence that Woolf had been forcibly held under water when she drowned.   Also, there was expert testimony that there was very little damage to Woolf’s car and the minor impact of the car going down the embankment was not enough to have caused Woolf to be ejected from the automobile.

Adams was the last person known to have seen the victim alive and came under early suspicion.   Fingerprints found on the victim’s car were later matched to Adams’s brother and co-defendant, John Barrett.

Gone from us: Mary Ann Woolf
Prosecutors, defense outline cases in murder trial of Adams, Barrett
John Barrett and Mary Ann Adams v State of Mississippi
John W. Barrett v State Mississippi 2012 (habeas corpus) denied
Mary Ann Adams & John W. Barrett v State of Mississippi 2012

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Mississippi Black Widow

INMATE INFORMATION

MARY ADAMS
MDOC ID Number: K5568

Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Date of Birth: 06/20/1950
Height: 5′ 3”
Weight: 145
Complexion: FAIR
Build: UNKNOWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Hair Color: BROWN
Entry Date: 02/22/2001
Location: CMCF UNIT: CMCF QB
Location Change Date: 09/24/2012
Number of Sentences: 1 Total Length: LIFE

OFFENSE 1: HOMICIDE/MURDER
Sentence Length: LIFE
County of Conviction: LAUDERDALE
Sentence Date:

INMATE INFORMATION

JOHN BARRETT
MDOC ID Number: 27578
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Date of Birth: 03/28/1955
Height: 5′ 10”
Weight: 200
Complexion: FAIR
Build: MEDIUM
Eye Color: BLUE
Hair Color: BROWN
Entry Date: 02/27/2001
Location: EAST MISS. CCF
UNIT: EMCF UNIT 3
Location Change Date: 12/24/2014
Number of Sentences: 1 Total Length: LIFE

OFFENSE 1: HOMICIDE/MURDER
Sentence Length: LIFE
County of Conviction: LAUDERDALE
Sentence Date:

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Psycho For Love: Rapper Earl Hayes killed his wife, Stephanie Moseley, after accusing her of cheating on him; He then killed himself

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Stephanie Moseley

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Deadly Wives: Verina Marie Childs killed her husband, Douglas Childs, during a hunting trip

Douglas ChildsFrom Verina Childs appeal: Verina and Doug Childs were members of a hunting club in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.  On November 22, 2009, just after daybreak, Danny Fly, a local hunter, noticed Doug Childs’s body lying in the edge of the woods. Fly had seen Doug’s truck earlier that morning but had heard no gunshot prior to finding the body.  Doug had received a single gunshot wound to the left side of his upper back. The projectile was fired by a Marlin 30/30 (“30/30”) hunting rifle that belonged to Verina.

Verina and Doug had left home just before daybreak to go hunting. Verina was carrying her 30/30, and shortly after arriving in the woods, she and Doug separated.  Verina later told the investigator that she had a stomach ache, so she sent Doug a text stating that she was going back to the house.  After using the restroom at home, she unloaded her rifle, removed her hunting clothes, and sent Doug a text stating that she was going to clean around the house.  Shortly thereafter, Tina Reed pounded on the door and asked Verina to come with her.  They went to the shooting scene and saw Doug’s body lying on the ground.

Deputy Commander Mahyar Netadj, following Verina’s consent to search, collected the rifle and several pieces of clothing from the house. Verina told Netadj that she had never fired the rifle but had unloaded it because she did not like to keep loaded guns in the house.  However, the other guns in the house all were loaded.   Lying next to the 30/30 was a gun-cleaning kit.

Verina Childs found guilty of killing husband during hunting trip
Childs convicted of murder, faces lifetime sentence
Oktibbeha County woman appeals conviction in shooting death
Woman appeals conviction in shooting death
Verina Childs v State of Mississippi 2013

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Verina Childs

INMATE INFORMATION

Verina Childs

MDOC# 169370
Name: VERINA CHILDS
Race WHITE
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 5/26/1972
Height 5′ 2”
Weight 115
Complexion LIGHT
Build SMALL
Eye Color HAZEL
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 8/18/2011
Location CMCF
Unit CMCF QB
Location Change Date 9/24/2014 11:03:58 AM
Number of Sentences 1
Total Length LIFE

Offense 1
HOMICIDE/MURDER
Sentence Length 1 LIFE
County of Conviction 1 OKTIBBEHA
Sentence Date 1

Prison Murder: Child Molester Charles Elliot McGrew found strangled to death in cell

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Charles McGrew obituary
Inmate Dies at EMCF
Probe into inmate death under way
Officials believe prison inmate killed by cellmate
Prison: Inmate strangled child molester
State prison officials believe man convicted for Harrison County child molestation strangled by cellmate
Charles Elliot McGrew v State of Mississippi 1999

INMATE INFORMATION

CharlesMcGrew prison mug

MDOC# 174953
Name: CHARLES MCGREW
Race WHITE
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 5/6/1943
Height 6′ 0”
Weight 170
Complexion FAIR
Build MEDIUM
Eye Color UNKNOWN
Hair Color GREY OR
Entry Date 5/10/2012
Location EAST MISS. CCF
Unit EMCF UNIT 4
Location Change Date 2/13/2014 4:27:20 PM

Number of Sentences 2
Total Length 15 YEARS

Offense 1
UNLAWFUL TOUCHING/CHILD
Sentence Length 1 15 YEARS
County of Conviction 1 HARRISON
Sentence Date 1

Offense 2
UNLAWFUL TOUCHING/CHILD
Sentence Length 2 15 YEARS
County of Conviction 2 HARRISON
Sentence Date 2
Tentative Release 6/25/2025

Deadly Wives: Kristi Leigh Fulgham killed her husband, Joseph T. “Joey” Fulgham, to collect the insurance money

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Joey Fulgham
Joseph T. “Joey” Fulgham

Find-A-Grave: Joseph Thomas “Joey” Fulgham
Kristi Leigh Fulgham » Fulgham sentenced to death
Kristi Leigh Fulgham v State of Mississippi 2010
Court Overturns Fulgham Death Sentence
Kristi Fulgham re-sentenced to life in prison without parole
Shedding his past: Tyler Edmonds starts fresh with tobacco shop
Cleared murder defendant looks toward future
Murderpedia: Kristi Leigh Fulgham
Kristi Fulgham appeals death case
Court Overturns Fulgham Death Sentence
Kristi Leigh Fulgham v State of Mississippi 2010
Fulgham sentenced to life in prison
Oktibbeha woman resentenced to life without parole for murder
Murderpedia: Kristi Leigh Fulgham
Cleared murder defendant looks toward future

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Southern Helle
Snapped: Kristi Fulgham

Defendants
Tyler Edmonds – convicted, then the convicted was overturned; Acquitted at retrial
Kristi Fulgham – convicted of capital murder, sentenced to death; Her sentenced was overturned and she was then sentenced to LWOP

Tyler Edmonds
Tyler Edmonds

INMATE INFORMATION

Kristi Leigh Fulgham

MDOC# 117337
Name: KRISTI FULGHAM
Race WHITE
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 8/27/1976
Height 5′ 4”
Weight 155
Complexion FAIR
Build MEDIUM
Eye Color HAZEL
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 1/26/2006
Location CMCF
Unit CMCF QB
Location Change Date 5/23/2014 10:34:20 AM
Number of Sentences 3
Total Length LIFE

Offense 1
ESCAPE-JAIL (ATTEMPT)
Sentence Length 1 4 YEARS
County of Conviction 1 OKTIBBEHA
Sentence Date 1

Offense 2
POSS CONTRABAND IN PRISON
Sentence Length 2 8 YEARS
County of Conviction 2 OKTIBBEHA
Sentence Date 2

Offense 3
CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Length 3 LIFE
County of Conviction 3 OKTIBBEHA

Psycho For Love: Michael Blane Dowda killed his girlfriend, Clarissa Lynn Jarrett, after she planned to go to a concert with her sister; Sentenced to life in prison

dvawareness3From Michael Dowda’s appeal:

On November 12, 1996, Michael Blane Dowda was working in Orlando, Florida when he received a message that his girlfriend, Clarissa Lynn Jarrett, was going to a concert with her sister in Gulf Shores, Alabama.   Dowda apparently drove non-stop from Orlando to the home he shared with Jarrett in Mississippi.   Prior to leaving Florida, however, he obtained a .380 semi-automatic handgun.   He arrived in Mississippi at approximately two o’clock in the morning on November 13, 1996.   Jarrett arrived home some four hours later.

Dowda confronted Jarrett concerning her whereabouts and an argument ensued.   Dowda then threatened to kill himself with the gun.   Dowda did not kill himself, but instead removed the clip from the gun, placed the gun in the closet and resumed arguing with Jarrett.   At some point in the argument Jarrett admitted to having sexual relations with other men.   Dowda then took the gun from the closet, pressed the gun tightly against Jarrett’s head and pulled the trigger, killing her instantly.   Dowda apparently believed the gun to be unloaded because he had removed the clip from the gun.   Instead, one bullet had remained in the chamber ready to be fired.

Dowda then buried Jarrett’s body in a shallow grave near a hotel in Harrison County.   He fled Mississippi several days later after he became the prime suspect in the police investigation.   Dowda surfaced in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 1997, when the woman he was living with at the time contacted the Las Vegas police.   She was concerned because she had found several notes written by Dowda indicating that he was wanted for murder in Mississippi.   The Las Vegas police confirmed that there was an outstanding warrant for grand larceny for Dowda.   The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department also indicated to the Las Vegas police that Dowda was also wanted for questioning over Jarrett’s disappearance.

The Las Vegas police executed the arrest warrant and took Dowda into custody.   He gave a statement to the Las Vegas police admitting to his role in Jarrett’s death and directed the police to where her body was buried.   Dowda was returned to Mississippi where he was indicted for murder.   Dowda waived his right to a jury trial, opting for a bench trial.   Following the trial, Dowda was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Michael Blane Dowda v State of Mississippi 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Family of victim in shock: Escaped killer on the lam
Michael Dowda, Mississippi prison escapee, captured in Georgia
‘Dangerous’ Mississippi escapee captured in Georgia
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2012/09/escaped_killer_michael_dowda_c.html

Movies/Documentaries
Nightmare Next Door: Bloodshed in Biloxi

INMATE INFORMATION

Michael Dowda

MDOC# R7390
Name: MICHAEL DOWDA
Race WHITE
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 9/11/1964
Height 5′ 11”
Weight 195
Complexion FAIR
Build LARGE
Eye Color BROWN
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 1/28/1999
Location SMCI
Unit SMCI 1
Location Change Date 4/9/2014 7:28:03 PM
Number of Sentences 1
Total Length LIFE

Offense 1
HOMICIDE/MURDER
Sentence Length 1 LIFE
County of Conviction 1 HARRISON
Sentence Date 1

Edward Byrom, Sr. murder 6/4/1999 Luka, MS *Who killed Edward Byrom – his wife Michelle Byrom or son Edward Byrom, Jr?

An Innocent Woman? Michelle Byrom vs. Mississippi
Michelle Byrom v Christopher Epps 2013 habeas corpus (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Michelle Byrom
Miss. moves to execute its 1st female prisoner since 1944
Woman scheduled to be executed in Mississippi tomorrow – even through her son has confessed to the crime FOUR times
Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?
Motion for leave to file successive petition for post-conviction relief (overturns conviction and sentence)
Michelle Byrom Gets Stunning Sentencing Reversal
Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial
TV series focuses on Iuka murder

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Snapped: Michelle Byrom

Defendants
Joey Gillis – pled guilty to accessory, sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, released on parole
Edward Byrom, Jr – pled guilty to conspiracy, sentenced to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended, released on parole
Michelle Byrom – convicted, sentenced to death; conviction overturned, pled no contest, sentenced to 20 years in prison – 4 years suspended, time served; released 6/26/2015 [Mind you, Michelle was in the hospital when Edward Sr. was killed, and her son even confessed to it]

INMATE INFORMATION

EdwardByromJr parole

MDOC# K7064
Name: EDWARD BYROM
Race WHITE
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 12/15/1979
Height 5′ 9”
Weight 160
Complexion FAIR
Build MEDIUM
Eye Color BROWN
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 6/21/2001
Location PANOLA ERS
Unit PANOLA ERS
Location Change Date 1/30/2014 7:58:18 AM
Number of Sentences 3
Total Length 30 YEARS

Offense 1
CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME
Sentence Length 1 20 YEARS
County of Conviction 1 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 1

Offense 2

GRAND LARCENY
Sentence Length 2 5 YEARS
County of Conviction 2 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 2

Offense 3

BURGLARY-RESIDENTIAL (ACCESSORY BEFORE THE FACT)
Sentence Length 3 5 YEARS
County of Conviction 3 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 3
Tentative Release 5/22/2017

PAROLE INFORMATION

Offender ID:K7064
Date of Birth:12/15/1979
Age: 34
Race: White
Gender: Male
Custody Status: Unsupervised Custody
Date: 03/06/2014
Reason:Earned release supervision
Scheduled Release Date: 05/22/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Michelle Byrom

MDOC# K4686
Name: MICHELLE BYROM
Race WHITE
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 11/3/1956
Height 5′ 5”
Weight 240
Complexion FAIR
Build LARGE
Eye Color BROWN
Hair Color BLACK
Entry Date 11/18/2000
Location CMCF
Unit CMCF WMN MAX
Location Change Date 12/29/2010 9:26:05 AM
Number of Sentences 1
Total Length DEATH

Offense 1
CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Length 1 DEATH
County of Conviction 1 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 1

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