Miss. high court upholds conviction in murder case - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Miss. high court upholds conviction in murder case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of Emerson Osborne in the 2006 slaying of an elderly Bolivar County woman.

Osborne was sentenced to life without parole in 2008.

Prosecutors say the body of 86-year-old Lucy Jackson was found in her Shelby home. She died from a blow to the head. Prosecutors say Osborne was 1 of 2 men who forced their way into her home, ransacked it and killed her.

The Supreme Court in 6-3 ruling Thursday rejected Osborne's claim that prosecutors' only witnesses against him were an informant and an accomplice, neither of whose testimony could be seen as reliable.

The court said it was up the jury to decide who to believe and Osborne's conviction would not be overturned.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Powered by WorldNow