Conspiracy Agreement Definition In Mississippi

Conspiracy agreements need not be formal or express, but may be inferred from the circumstances, particularly by declarations, acts and conduct of the alleged conspirators. Franklin v. State, 676 So. 2d 287, 288 (Miss. 1996). In Watson v. State, 722 So. 2d 475 (Miss. 1998) the co- conspirator entered a guilty plea, but then testified that he did not agree to participate in a crime with Watson. Watson claimed that there was insufficient evidence of conspiracy. In supporting the trial judge's refusal to allow the peremptory instruction, the Mississippi Supreme Court held that direct evidence was not needed to establish the conspiracy. See Watson 722 So. 2d at 479.