August 22, 2013 9:41:54 AM
JACKSON -- The Mississippi Court of Appeals says a man waited too long to appeal his 2008 conviction in the slaying of a longtime Columbus city employee.
Robert Earl Lewis Jr. pleaded guilty to capital murder as a habitual offender on Aug. 28, 2008, in Lowndes County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In an order handed down Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals says Lewis had three years to file a motion for post-conviction relief, which would've put the deadline on Aug. 28, 2011. The appeals court says Lewis filed the motion on Dec. 9, 2011.
Lewis pleaded guilty to the 2006 slaying of 67-year-old T.C. Turner, a longtime Columbus city employee who died from two gunshot wounds to the head.