The Mississippi Supreme Court Monday began hearing arguments in an appeal made by a former DeSoto County minister.
Samuel Allen Nuckolls is seeking a new trial on charges of video voyeurism. He was convicted of making secret videos of 13 women taking showers at his home in Olive Branch between 2007 and 2008.
Nuckolls is appealing on grounds that the statute of limitations of his arrest and conviction had expired.
Attorney Ronald D. Michael, representing Nuckolls, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after his 2012 conviction on the charges, was set to make his argument to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Prosecutors argued that the arrest, while having taken place in 2012, fall "well within any statute of limitations."
When he was convicted, Nuckolls was also ordered to pay more than $80,000 in fines and restitution.
Nuckolls' arrest was made on Oct. 29, 2011 when Olive Branch police started an investigation into charges that Nuckolls had video recorded several women without permission "during a time when privacy was expected."
Police charged him with a felony count of “photographing, taping, or filming persons in violation of expectation of privacy."
The Olive Branch investigation started after Nuckolls was arrested on Oct. 25, 2011 by Gosnell, Ark. police on charges of videotaping the female homeowner he was a guest of, while she was using the bathroom.
In the course of that investigation, Gosnell police heard Nuckolls confess to also recording women in Olive Branch and that the images were on his laptop, which was seized.
A search was done of his Olive Branch home where other images were found, which led to his arrest on charges in Mississippi.
Nuckolls was indicted on Feb. 14, 2012 and convicted in a bench trial in September of that year.
The state Attorney General's office, represented by Attorney General Jim Hood, John R. Henry Jr. and Alicia Marie Ainsworth, are representing the state in the case.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.