New Trial Ordered in MSU Firearm Case

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Jackson, Miss.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Mississippi State University student who was convicted of having a firearm on campus.

Jeffrey Lance Hill was convicted at trial in May of 2012 of having a rifle and 440 rounds of ammunition at the Aiken Village Apartments.

Hill argues he never knew the apartments were part of the campus.

Hill represented himself, but attorney Stephanie Mallette was appointed by the court to assist him with his defense.

When a conflict arose, Mallette was told by the judge she would have to remain as Hill's counsel, but not offer him advice on when to rest his case if he asked for her assistance.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court said the trial judge erred.