Supreme Court Lets Conviction Stand

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Scott County man convicted in a 2010 slaying.

The state Court of Appeals upheld Timothy Joseph Patterson's murder conviction and life sentence.

Patterson was convicted in Scott County in 2011 in the death of 28-year-old Michael Guy.

Prosecutors say Guy was shot to death May 9, 2010, at a home in Morton where Patterson and others were watching a fight on television.

Defense attorneys say Patterson never intended to harm Guy.

The court rejected Patterson's arguments that his attorney should have done a better job and that prosecutors didn't prove his guilt.

Prosecutors say Patterson shot Guy once in the head and then stood over Guy and shot him in the head a second time.

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