SUPREME COURT OF ARKANSAS
No. CR 07238
KENNY TRAVIS, JR.,
STATE OF ARKANSAS,
Opinion Delivered December 6, 2007
APPEAL FROM THE MISSISSIPPI
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT,
HON. VICTOR LAMONTHILL, JUDGE,
JIM GUNTER, Associate Justice
This appeal arises from an order of the Mississippi County Circuit Court convicting
Appellant Kenny Travis, Jr. of the capital murder of J.W. Hall, a class Y felony and a
violation of Ark. Code Ann. § 510101 (Supp. 2003), and aggravated robbery, a class Y
felony and a violation of Ark. Code Ann. § 512103 (Repl. 1997), and sentencing him to life
imprisonment without the possibility of parole and ten years’ imprisonment, respectively.
On appeal, Appellant raises five allegations of error. We affirm.
On June 24, 2005, Appellant, Kevin Ransom, and Acquilla Ramsey went to J.W.
Hall’s auto dealership under the pretense of showing Hall a VCR tape of his mistress and
another man having sex. The victim told Appellant that he would pay three or four hundred
dollars for the tape. However, once the three individuals got there, Ransom (a.k.a. Punch)
and Appellant went into the victim’s office and asked “where the money was at.” Appellant
shot the victim in the leg, asked where the safe was, started “tusslin’” with the victim, and
shot the victim again in the upper body. Appellant then stated that he shot the victim again
in the head. During a car ride to Memphis, Andre Love (a.k.a. Coco) took his cell phone and
started recording Appellant’s confession to Love. Love testified that he made the recording
because “I just knew it was gonna come down to a day like this when we was gonna be in
court, and like for some reason now, like he try to put me in it, and this was my way out of
it.” On the night of the incident, there was a fire that was started outside Appellant’s mobile
home. Osceola Police Department recovered some of the burned items.
On August 3, 2005, the State filed a felony info