Post conviction petition dismissed

Published 12:25 pm Friday, October 23, 2009

Post conviction petition dismissed

JACKSON (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the denial of a post-conviction petition filed by convicted murderer Brian Young.

A Jackson County judge dismissed Young’s petition in 2008. In a post-conviction petition, an inmate argues he has found new evidence — or a possible constitutional issue — that could persuade a court to order a new trial.

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Young was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 in the stabbing death of Lelie Coleman, whose body was found in her room at the Budget Inn in Pascagoula. The killing occurred in July 2000. His original conviction and sentenced were upheld in 2004.

Young had claimed that he deserved a new trial because his lawyer should have done a better job. The Appeals Court on Tuesday rejected that and other claims.