Oral Arguments Scheduled in Jackson State Murder Case

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The Mississippi Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in the case of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Jackson State University student Latasha Norman.

A Hinds County jury convicted Stanley Cole of murder in February 2010. Cole, now 28, acknowledged killing the 20-year-old woman, but maintains it was an accident. He said the two were fighting in the car when Norman hit her head and he couldn't resuscitate her.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that oral arguments are scheduled for May 16 in Cole's appeal.

Cole's attorney will argue that the jury should have been allowed to consider a manslaughter verdict. Then-Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger denied such a request from the defense.