Oral arg. – MSSC – 4/24/2018

At 1:30, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Frankie Jones v. State of Mississippi.

Jones was indicted in October of 2014 for murdering Billy Ray Covington and felon in possession. On appeal he argues that the trial court erred in not sustaining his Batson objection. The state used three of its first five strikes on African American jurors and
one on a person of Middle Eastern decent.  The state claimed two African American females were struck because they both had last names of persons law enforcement had previously charged and prosecuted. The state did not question them or make any effort to determine whether there were related.  He also argues that the evidence was insufficient and that trial counsel was ineffective in failing to request a cautionary instruction with regard to accomplice testimony.

Jones brief

State’s brief

Jones’ reply brief.

Watch the argument here

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