FREDERICK A. NORRIS
STATE OF ARKANSAS
NOVEMBER 7, 2007
APPEAL FROM THE SEBASTIAN
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
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J A M E S R O B E R T
Appellant Frederick Norris appeals his conviction from the Sebastian County Circuit
Court on two charges of aggravated robbery, for which he was sentenced as a habitual
offender to thirty years’ incarceration in the Arkansas Department of Correction on each
conviction, with the sentences to run concurrently, and ten additional years of suspended
imposition of sentences on each conviction. On appeal, appellant argues that the circuit
court erred in admitting the incourt identification of Sheila Smith and in denying the motion
to suppress his confession, and he challenges the sufficiency of the evidence with respect to
the conviction related to the first bank teller he encountered. We affirm.
On or about March 9, 2006, appellant entered a Chambers Bank branch location in
Fort Smith, Arkansas, and committed aggravated robbery using a twelveinch knife against
two separate bank tellers, MontaWakefield and Jamie Payne. As he ran into the bank, loan
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assistant Sheila Smith noticed appellant fromwhere she was sitting at her desk and observed
the robbery take place in the approximately twenty seconds that followed. Although he
initially held a towel around his head and over his face, Ms. Smith identified appellant from
a photographic lineup conducted by Detective David Joplin the day after the incident.
Additionally, bank surveillance equipment captured images of the robbery on videotape.
Appellant was arrested the following day at a Little Rockmotel by Fort Smith police
officers, Detective Greg Smithson and Detective Ronald Scamardo, Jr. The officers
attempted to interview appellant and advised him of his rights, at which time he asked to
speak to an attorney. The officers ceased q