Oral arg. – COA -7/31/2018

At 10:00 the COA will hear a Miller  resentencing: Darren Lee Wharton v. State.  Wharton was 17 in 1994 when he robbed a Harrison County convenience store and shot and killed the clerk. The state sought the death penalty but the jury settled for life without parole.  He was granted a resentencing pursuant to Miller v. Alabama which held unconstitutional the giving of an automatic life sentence to juveniles (but did not necessarily prohibit such a sentence).  The trial court heard testimony and resentenced Wharton to life without parole. Wharton appeals  arguing that the trial court incorrectly analyzed the factors used to determine Wharton’s sentence.

Wharton’s brief

State’s brief

Wharton’s reply brief

Watch the argument here

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