20-year-old murder case back before Mississippi Supreme Court - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

20-year-old murder case back before Mississippi Supreme Court

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Curtis Giovanni Flowers' murder case is back before the Mississippi Supreme Court, and on Thursday, the court set a briefing schedule for future proceedings, with the first brief due November 8.

Flowers request to set briefing schedule

Flowers briefing schedule order

Flowers was convicted in the July 1996 murders of four workers at  a Winona furniture store. He was convicted four times, but the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the first three. Two of his trials ended in mistrials.

Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari June 20, 2016, which vacated the Mississippi Supreme Court's judgment and sent the case back to them for further consideration.

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Mississippi Supreme Court to use the Foster v. Chatman Case from 2016 for guidance in their reconsideration of the case.

Flowers was convicted of capital murder in the gunshot deaths of 59-year-old Bertha Tardy, owner of Tardy Furniture, and three employees: 45-year-old Carmen Rigby, 42-year-old Robert Golden, and 16-year-old Derrick "BoBo" Stewart. 

Prosecutors painted Flowers as a disgruntled employee who had been fired from his job at the store.

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