Jackson Driver Wins New Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday reversed the conviction of a Jackson driver found guilty in 2007 in Hinds County of killing another motorist while driving drunk.

Jaison Harness was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 10 suspended, and five years' probation. Harness was convicted in the death of Clyde Hampton in a two-vehicle accident in Jackson.

Prosecutors say Harness' blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent about four hours after the crash. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered legally intoxicated.

Prosecutors say a bottle of brandy was found on the floorboard of Harness' vehicle.

The high court ordered a new trial because prosecutors failed to honor Harness' request for an independent analysis of a blood sample used to determine he was drunk when the accident occurred.

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