Ex parte Kevin Durrell Brown In re: Kevin D. Brown
State of Alabama
As Corrected May 5, 2014.
(Russell Circuit Court, CC-11-136; Court of Criminal Appeals, CR-12-0007).
Kevin Durrell Brown, Petitioner, Pro se.
PARKER, Justice. Stuart, Bolin, Shaw, Main, Wise, and Bryan, JJ., concur. Moore, C.J., and Murdock, J., dissent.
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
WRIT DENIED. NO OPINION.
Stuart, Bolin, Shaw, Main, Wise, and Bryan, JJ., concur.
Moore, C.J., and Murdock, J., dissent.
MOORE, Chief Justice (dissenting).
I respectfully dissent because I believe the petition demonstrates a probability of merit. In particular, the petition alleges that the unpublished memorandum of the Court of Criminal Appeals conflicts with C.D.C. v. State, 821 So.2d 1021, 1026 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001) (an accused is not entitled to the defense of entrapment if he or she was predisposed to commit the crime at issue), and Johnson v. State, 291 Ala. 639, 640, 285 So.2d 723, 724 (1973) (the defense of entrapment is a question for the jury when a court is presented with conflicting evidence regarding entrapment). The Court in Johnson opined that " [e]ntrapment occurs when State officers or persons under their control, incite, induce, lure, or instigate a person into committing a criminal offense, which that person would not have otherwise committed, and had no intention of committing." Id. In light of this definition, the following alleged facts provide special and important reasons to issue the writ of certiorari to consider whether, based on the holdings in C.D.C. and Johnson, the Court of Criminal Appeals properly held that the trial court had not erred when it refused to give a jury charge on entrapment.
On February 3, 2011, Investigator Jacob Williams of Russell County, who was wearing plain clothes, parked a pickup truck outside Bowman Apartments in Phenix City; the apartment complex is known for drug activity and is located within three miles of a school and a housing project. Williams asked Kevin Durrell Brown, who was walking home from work, whether Brown had any marijuana to sell. Brown stated that he did not but that he knew someone who did. He then entered an apartment and returned to the pickup truck to instruct Williams to come back in 30 minutes. Williams complied and returned to the apartment 30 minutes later. Brown then informed Williams that Brown still had not obtained any marijuana but that he had another source. Brown was unable to reach this source by telephone. After insisting that he had yet another source, ...