Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Tues., June 23, 2015

at 10:30 the Court will hear the death penalty case of Eddie Lee Howard v. State

Howard was convicted of murder of 84-year-old Georgia Kemp.  She was found dead from two stab wounds. after neighbors saw smoke coming from her house in Columbus, Mississippi.

According to Dr. Steven Hayne, even though no semen was found, her injuries indicated that Mrs. Kemp had been raped. Howard lived a few blocks from Kemp.  He was connected to the killing via bite marks said to have been found on the body. Forensic odontologist Michael West testified regarding the bite marks. Howard chose to represent himself at trial which necessitated a new trial after the Mississippi Supreme Court held that Howard’s waiver of counsel was not voluntary.  After a second trial, he was again convicted and sentenced to death.

This is Howard’s second pcr and it is based on West’s having completely repudiated his previous stand on the reliability of bite mark evidence.

Motion to Vacate conviction

State’s response. 

Howard’s rebuttal

Watch the argument here. 

3 thoughts on “Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Tues., June 23, 2015

  1. Given the paucity of evidence in this case, it was sort of disconcerting as to how the justices were hung up on whether this qualifies as newly discovered evidence.

  2. Great. Like the guy was convicted because dunking him in water proved he was a witch, & now we wonder does it count as newly discovered that witches aren’t real.

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