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
Watch the argument here.