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Death row inmate denied post-conviction appeal


The Associated Press



JACKSON -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the post-conviction arguments of death row inmate Eric Moffett. 


Moffett's capital murder conviction and death sentence were upheld in 2010 by the Supreme Court. He was convicted in 2006 in Hinds County in the death of 5-year-old Felicia Griffin. The child was his girlfriend's daughter. 


In his post-conviction petition, Moffett argued he deserved a new trial because of his lawyers' poor performance during his trial and his sentencing. 


The Supreme Court ruled Thursday the given the overwhelming evidence of Moffett's guilt, there has been no miscarriage of justice and Moffett failed to show how his lawyers did a poor job. 


The court also said Moffett was using the issue of ineffective counsel to reargue evidence used in the sentencing phase of his trial.




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