JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a 23-year-old man sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole in the deaths of 2 Tougaloo College students.
Shawn States was convicted of capital murder and robbery in 2010 in Hinds County.
States was convicted of robbing, shooting and killing Antoine Reece and Justin Howard in their northeast Jackson apartment on April 24, 2007.
In his appeal, States argued the jury should not have been told that he had fled to Florida after the murders. The court record showed States was arrested in Miami shortly the slayings.
States argued that he told authorities that he went to Florida to see his girlfriend - not to flee a crime.
The Supreme Court upheld the conviction in an 8-1 decision Thursday.
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