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Miss. inmate wins chance at appeal in decades-old rape case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court is giving Richard Chapman a chance to argue he deserves a new trial. The justice on Thursday granted Chapman's petition to look at his case.

Chapman, now 50, has faced many obstacles in his decades-old quest for a new trial. The destruction - by court order - of biological samples and other evidence could hurt efforts to clear his name. Also, two witnesses that could aid Chapman's case are dead and there apparently is no trial transcript.

Chapman was 16 in 1981, when he was charged with raping and robbing a woman. He was convicted in Hinds County and sentenced to life in prison in 1982 for rape plus four years for robbery.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a similar petition from Chapman last October.

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