Federal Judge Tosses Death Sentence

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in a decision released Monday, said Hodges' legal representation "was so lacking" as to render "unreasonable" a later Mississippi Supreme Court decision addressing several factors, including presentation of false evidence and ineffective counsel, during the sentencing phase of his trial.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Mills also found that Hodges' attorneys showed the reasonable likelihood "that the jury's verdict might have been affected as a result of the false testimony."

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