High Court Denies Hearing

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The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a man convicted in Neshoba County of manslaughter in the shooting death of a turkey hunter.

Phillip Bougon was sentenced in 2002 to 20 years in prison with one year suspended and one year on post-release supervision. The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld Bougon's conviction in March. Justices on the highest court refused to hear the case.

The body of Shannon McNeil was found in a shallow creek on March 19, 2001. McNeil had gone turkey hunting after leaving work, according to family members. Authorities say McNeil died of a shotgun blast to the head and neck.

According to the court record, investigators questioned people living in the area, and twice talked to Bougon. When investigators returned a third time to question Bougon, he was away working.

The court record showed Bougon's live-in girlfriend gave the investigators permission to examine Bougon's rifle and shotgun. The guns were later tested and it was determined the spent shotgun shell found at the scene was fired from Bougon's shotgun.

The Appeals Court rejected all of Bougon's issues on appeal.