Convicted Cop-Killer Wants New Trial - - Jackson, MS

Jackson 02/09/04

Convicted Cop-Killer Wants New Trial

A Jackson attorney is asking for a new trial for the man convicted of killing a Prentiss police officer two years ago.

Rhonda Cooper says Corey Maye is innocent and she is hoping a judge will agree to a new trial.

Maye, who is now 23 years old, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death last month for the shooting death of Prentiss Police Officer Ron Jones, then 29.

Jones was the son of the Police Chief in Prentiss. Cooper says evidence clearly showed Maye acted in self defense when officers broke down his front door to serve a search warrant.

Cooper says police believed Maye was a drug dealer but investigators only found a small amount of marijuana in Maye's home, the day after the shooting.

When he was arrested, Maye had no criminal record.

Maye is now at the state penitentiary at Parchman on death row.

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