Court Upholds Conviction in Alcorn Student's Death

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The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a woman charged with killing a former friend and Alcorn State University classmate.

Eboni White was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in 2010 in the death of Danielle Newsom, 22.

White was charged with murder, but jurors convicted her of the lesser crime. She testified that she and Newsom's close friendship turned sour about three weeks before the slaying.

White says Newsom accused her of going around a stopped school bus and nearly running over Newsom's 3-year-old son. She said Newsom was hostile toward her after that.

White appealed, saying in part that the trial judge had improperly blocked questions about self-defense and hadn't instructed the jury on those claims.