Supreme Court denies Batiste's challenge to death sentence

August 30, 2013 9:39:35 AM



JACKSON -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined a request from Bobby Batiste that it take a second look at his appeal. 


The Supreme Court upheld Batiste's convicted and death sentence in May. 


Robbery was a key element required for an Oktibbeha County jury to convict him of capital murder and sentence him to death. 


Batiste was convicted in the death of his roommate. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Andreas Galanis of Biloxi died in 2008 from a blow to the head after the two fought at their apartment. 


Batiste's lawyer argued that Batiste didn't intend to steal Galanis' wallet while cleaning up after the fight. Batiste argued that had the jury been instructed about intent, he might have avoided a death sentence. 


The Supreme Court rejected Batiste's argument.