The Associated Press
The Mississippi Supreme Court is giving Charles Sylvester Bell a chance to argue that he can’t be tried twice for the same crime.
Bell says prosecutors used an armed robbery charge to support the pursuit of a death sentence. When the death sentence was overturned, Bell was re-sentenced to life in prison. Then, prosecutors indicted him separately for armed robbery, got a conviction and Bell was sentenced to 25 years as a habitual offender.
Bell calls it double jeopardy.
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