Supreme Court Won't Review Two Cases

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday without comment to hear appeals from Mississippi inmates Joseph Bishop Goff and William Scott. Both men have more appeals ahead of them.

Last May, the Mississippi Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, rejected Goff's argument that prosecutors didn't prove he robbed Brandy Stewart Yates when he killed her at a south Mississippi motel.

Goff, of Theodore, Ala., was convicted of capital murder in George County in 2005 and sentenced to death. Goff also received 10 years for arson for setting fire to the motel room where Yates' body was found.

According to court records, Yates, of Irvington, Ala., had left her husband and two young children to be with Goff three weeks before her body was found at the Rocky Creek Inn in Lucedale on Aug. 27, 2004.

In 2008, the Mississippi Supreme Court reinstated Scott's life without prison conviction, overturning a lower court order that Scott should get a new trial.

Scott, of Decatur, Ga., was convicted of murder in Hinds County in 2005. Scott was charged in the shooting death of Paula Dinkins, who was killed in an apparent robbery attempt at the check cashing business where she worked.

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