U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Mississippi Appeal

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Jackson, Miss.

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear the post-conviction appeal of a Greenville man convicted of killing his ex-wife in 2005.

Forrest Thomas, III, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping in 2007 in Washington County.

Prosecutors say Kimberly Norton of Greenville was shot to death June 7, 2005, at her home. Her body was found three days later off a county road.

The kidnapping charge stemmed from Thomas taking his children from his ex-wife's home.

In his post-conviction appeal, Thomas said his attorney should have done a better job in advising him about a guilty plea.

The state Court of Appeals ruled in 2012 that Thomas never raised that issue during his sentencing and the consequences of his plea were explained to him.