from the District Court of Campbell County The Honorable
Thomas W. Rumpke, Judge
of the State Public Defender: Diane Lozano, State Public
Defender; Tina N. Olson, Chief Appellate Counsel; and Eric M.
Alden, Senior Assistant Appellate Counsel. Argument by Mr.
K. Michael, Wyoming Attorney General; David L. Delicath,
Deputy Attorney General; Katherine A. Adams, Assistant
Attorney General; Darrell D. Jackson, Faculty Director,
Prosecution Assistance Program; and Kevin T. Farrelly,
Student Director, Prosecution Assistance Program. Argument by
BURKE, C.J., and HILL, DAVIS, FOX, and KAUTZ, JJ.
Ricky Darnell Cole asks whether the prosecutor committed
misconduct when he referred to his race during rebuttal
closing argument. We conclude there was no misconduct by the
prosecutor, and affirm.
Mr. Cole submits his single issue on appeal:
The prosecutor engaged in [prosecutorial] misconduct by
appealing to racial prejudice in closing argument.
On September 19, 2015, in the early morning hours, Sandra
Adams parked her mother's vehicle in her driveway in
Gillette. She left the vehicle unlocked and the keys in the
center console. The next morning, she woke to find the
vehicle missing, and her mother, Sherri Adams, reported the
theft to the police.
The following morning, law enforcement spotted the vehicle
heading westbound on Highway 51 outside of Gillette. A
high-speed chase followed and ended when Ricky Cole lost
control of the vehicle and ...