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Ex-teacher loses appeal in capital murder case

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Carla Hughes, who was sentenced to life without parole in 2009 for killing a pregnant woman.

Hughes was convicted in Madison County of 2 counts of capital murder in the 2006 killing of Avis Banks and her unborn child.

Prosecutors say Hughes killed Banks in what they called a love triangle involving Banks' fiance.

On appeal, Hughes argued there were no witnesses linking her to the shooting and no evidence she fired the murder weapon.

The Supreme Court, in Thursday's decision, said prosecutors established that Hughes had a motive for killing Banks - Banks' fiance. The court said cell phone records put her in the vicinity of Banks' home and the murder weapon was known to have been given to her.

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