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Judge allows computer evidence in Triplett child porn trial

 

Kristin Mamrack

 

A federal judge denied and granted parts of a motion to suppress evidence in a Lowndes County man''s federal child pornography trial. 

 

Robert Warren Triplett, 56, of 181 Golding Road was arrested in October on charges of activities regarding materials constituting or containing child pornography. 

 

Triplett -- who faces his first of two trials for possession of child pornography Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court -- was arrested after investigators found explicit photos of minor children on a computer obtained from his home, during an investigation into the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Kaila Morris. 

 

Morris, 21, has been missing since Sept. 17, when she last was seen by Triplett, who said she left the home he shared with her mother, Bonnie Morris Triplett, in a dark-colored van or sport utility vehicle, with an unknown person or persons. 

 

Morris'' mother was vacationing in Florida at the time and urged Triplett to report her missing. 

 

In a July hearing in federal court in Oxford, Triplett''s attorney, Robert Laher, argued investigators did not specify computers in an initial warrant to search Triplett''s home. 

 

But, in an order filed Aug. 20, Chief Justice Michael Mills ruled, "an officer executing this warrant could understand within reasonable certainty the meaning of ''electronic memory device'' to include "computer equipment," according to court documents. 

 

The judge also ruled testimony Morris had used at least one computer in the home the night before her disappearance gave investigators "probable cause" to issue a search warrant for the computers and Triplett''s motion to suppress images obtained from his computer was denied. 

 

A motion to suppress Triplett''s Oct. 3 "confession" to officers regarding pornographic images also was denied, but the judge granted Triplett''s motion to suppress his Oct. 5 statements made to his wife, while he was in custody in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. 

 

Mills denied Triplett''s motion to suppress statements made to his son, Trey Triplett, on the same day. 

 

On the state charges for which Triplett will face trial Tuesday, he could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison; a federal conviction could mean an additional 10 years. 

 

Triplett''s federal trial is scheduled to begin in Oxford Aug. 30. 

 

He has not been identified as a suspect in Morris'' disappearance, but was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office. 

 

Triplett, who has past arrests for sex crimes in Mississippi and Louisiana, was on non-adjudicated probation from 2003 charges of attempted sexual battery in Jackson County; the charges were reduced to aggravated assault. 

 

His probation was revoked in April and he now is serving a 10-year sentence at the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 

 

The search for Morris is ongoing. 

 

Anyone with information on Morris'' whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151, 911 or the LCSO at 662-328-6788.

 

 

 

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Article Comment haiku commented at 8/20/2010 7:14:00 PM:

Lifetime of prison,
Lifetime of inmate butt rape,
Lifetime of regret.

 

Article Comment sassy commented at 8/21/2010 1:50:00 AM:

"the judge granted Triplett's motion to suppress his Oct. 5 statements made to his wife, while he was in custody in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center"

For the life of me, I don't understand why she doesn't voluntarily testify to what he said to her. If he's innocent, she has a chance to voice that thru her testimony, and if he is guily and she's covering for him, she's NO better than one of those mothers that chose their husband over their child. How can she NOT suspect he had anything to do with her daughter missing??

I would have divorced this scum so fast he wouldn't know what hit him as soon as I found out about his computer images, based on his past history. That offense has been proven and staying with him is suggestive of her approval.

 

Article Comment giggles commented at 8/21/2010 9:52:00 AM:

This mother knows exactly what her husband is...she is no better than he is. She chose him and now she needs to be sharing a cell in the same jail as he is. Who could blame the daughter for getting out and away from scum like these two.

 

Article Comment mr.bo commented at 8/21/2010 11:15:00 AM:

It's apparent that the only knowledge you two have of this case is what u have read in the local paper and I completely understand how you've come to the assumptions that you have based on the information that you have been given. But... if we were to base our judgements solely on the information we obtain from the media then all cases would be very cut and dry which is hardly EVER the case. There is a lot of things going on behind the scenes that never gets reported and I can assure you that "Ms.Morris" is in no way supportive of her soon to be ex-husband. If you will do a little investigating you will find out why I referred to her by that title. "Ms.Morris" is and has been working very hard with law enforcement and is doing everything they ask of her as well as many, many others have been. "Ms.Morris'" main concern is finding her daughter and as far as Triplett goes, she VERY much wants justice to be served. Again she is doing what law enforcement is asking her to do. In the matter of Triplett's guilt common sense and logic dictates our judgements in these matters and I have faith justice WILL be served one way or the other. You can fool man but you can't fool God ! God bless you Kaila Morris !

 

Article Comment giggles commented at 8/22/2010 11:43:00 AM:

Again, this mother is trash ! If for nothing else but bringing this sicko into her home where the daughter would have to put up with him. I believe she is just as guilty as he is..even more so since she was aware of his past. What goes around often kick you in the behind.

 

Article Comment doj commented at 8/22/2010 2:27:00 PM:

@ giggles...You don't know that for a fact. That is your personal opinion based on hearsay and what you read in the paper. Her choice of a spouse, though maybe a poor one, is of no concern of yours or anyone else. Show a little compassion for the woman and keep your trashy thoughts to yourself. Nobody wants to hear your ranting.

 

Article Comment kj commented at 8/22/2010 4:43:00 PM:

That's pretty low, giggles. I can only hope someone remembers to put out by the curb on the right night.

 

Article Comment kj commented at 8/22/2010 4:44:00 PM:

That's pretty low, giggles. I can only hope someone remembers to put you out by the curb on the right night.

 

Article Comment giggles commented at 8/22/2010 8:21:00 PM:

The Mom choice of a spouse is what caused all the trouble. I can only imagine her nightmares.

 

Article Comment jacksprat commented at 8/22/2010 8:39:00 PM:

I think that people like this Morris guy need to be put under the jail. These people are sick and the fact that they walk the streets with no more than a slap on the wrist horrifies me. Whether it be watching child pornography, exposing yourself on a web-cam to kids on these sick websites or actually taking the innocence of these children, these sick people have no place in our society. Maybe the mother did not know what she was marrying, maybe she did. The fact is after they were together, she knew what kind of sick mind this man had and left her child in the care of this pervert. If there is justice left in this world, they will lock him up and NEVER let this sicko out again. For all you who are, against what I or anyone else have said against this situation, ask yourself this one question..."WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR DAUGHTER!!!!"

 

Article Comment jacksprat commented at 8/22/2010 9:04:00 PM:

Correction. I meant Triplett, not Morris. The story had me so upset I misquoted. I apologize!

 

Article Comment giggles commented at 8/23/2010 6:15:00 AM:

@doj...everytime anyone logs on to this site you are ranting about something or someone. I know everyone has the right to voice and I don't see anyone here ranting like you do. If I occasionally make a comment on a topic I feel strongly about you will just have to tolerate it. I don't know all but from what I can see you seem to with a comment on every article here..award me the same to do so on a few. It must be nice to know everything...well, try harder !

 

Article Comment sassy commented at 8/23/2010 6:56:00 AM:

Calling her trash is harsh......the lady is far from trash. From what I understand from mutual friends and family, at first she didn't believe that he had done anything wrong. I'm hopeful that she is thinking more clearly now and sees him as others do. I can't imagine how hard it is for her to know that she brought this guy into her home and that he is not looking so innocent in the disapearance of her only child. I can only hope that she will testify against him and put him away where he needs to be (and should have been to start with!!)

 

Article Comment doj commented at 8/23/2010 7:39:00 AM:

@ giggles...Yes, I comment on a lot of things, but I go back and review what I wrote before I send it to see if it says what I meant it to say, and to see if anything is inappropiate to say. For example, I won't demean you if you don't deserve it. Most of my comments are constructive and on point with the subject. I try to not let my emotions take over my mind. Sometimes, I ignore what is stupidly written by others, but what you wrote was uncalled for and far from any similance of truth. I think that is evidenced by other comments posted here about what you wrote. You have as much right to voice your opinion as anyone here, just be careful how you say it.

 

Article Comment jacksprat commented at 8/23/2010 8:37:00 PM:

@doj I don't thin anything giggles says is inappopriate or ranting. She has the right to voice what she thinks here just as you and I do. For you to say and I quote, "keep your trashy thoughts to yourself. Nobody wants to hear your ranting." is inapporpriate on your part. I have read things that you have written that are much worse. Again I ask, "WHAT IF IT WERE YOUR DAUGHTER?" You say you read back over what you write before you print? Then you should have really re-read what you said to giggles. Fact is, the woman did bring this man into her home, she knew what kind of low life he was before she left her child with him and now her child is missing. I do feel for the woman but, giggles is on point here.

 

Article Comment doj commented at 8/23/2010 9:21:00 PM:

Well jacksprat, first I think you and giggles should consult a dictionary and look up the definition of "ranting", then reread what giggles wrote, before you both accuse me of ranting. Then read what you just wrote. To call a mother who lost her daughter "trash" because she married this man is beyond decorum and is inappropriate. She may, or may not, have known about this man's past. Neither of us knows. What giggles wrote is beyond compassionate decency to this mother. As to the daughter... she is a grown woman at 22, and is by no means a child,in the sense you use. If I distressed you in my choice of words, you should have thought before you left yourself open to criticism. As an aside, what have I written that is much worth? I usually deal in facts and truth not innuendo.

 

Article Comment jacksprat commented at 8/23/2010 9:38:00 PM:

@doj "As an aside, what have I written that is much worth?" Not much as far as I am concerned. It is evident that either you aren't a parent or as you said of giggles "beyond compassionate" as a parent. As any parent worth a grain of salt will tell you, your child is always your child, no matter what age. I do feel for the woman and hope her daughter is alive and safe. I hope that Triplett gets put under the jail. I hope we can at least agree on that!

 

Article Comment jacksprat commented at 8/23/2010 9:39:00 PM:

@doj "As an aside, what have I written that is much worth?" Not much as far as I am concerned. It is evident that either you aren't a parent or as you said of giggles "beyond compassionate" as a parent. As any parent worth a grain of salt will tell you, your child is always your child, no matter what age. I do feel for the woman and hope her daughter is alive and safe. I hope that Triplett gets put under the jail. I hope we can at least agree on that!

 

Article Comment jacksprat commented at 8/23/2010 9:39:00 PM:

@doj "As an aside, what have I written that is much worth?" Not much as far as I am concerned. It is evident that either you aren't a parent or as you said of giggles "beyond compassionate" as a parent. As any parent worth a grain of salt will tell you, your child is always your child, no matter what age. I do feel for the woman and hope her daughter is alive and safe. I hope that Triplett gets put under the jail. I hope we can at least agree on that!

 

Article Comment doj commented at 8/23/2010 10:03:00 PM:

jacksprat, you are ranting again... and for your information, I am a parent, and I understand that your children are always yours. You give the impression that the mother left her teenage or younger daughter in this mans care. The daughter, I believe, was living out on her own. I believe that the mother was in the dark about this mans character and was in a state of shock over the loss of her daughter, plus the realization of what she had married when she was questioned. Maybe she didn't want to believe it was true. As to Triplett, he is currently serving a 10-yr sentence behind bars, which should give authorities time to sort out the new pornography
charges, and hopefully, the disappearance of the daughter. Now, what have I written, specifically, that is worse (typo there) than what giggles wrote?

 

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