Appeals Court upholds murder conviction

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction of a Kosciusko man sentenced to life without parole for the shooting death of Jessie Earl Hill at a store in Attala County.

Court records show Barry Love also was sentenced to 65 years on two counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Love was one of four men arrested for the 2008 robbery at Hill Brothers Logging Shop on Mississippi Highway 19 North in Attala County. Three others were convicted in the case.

Prosecutors say Hill was found dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the chest. Two other men in the shop were wounded.

On appeal Love argued he was under duress while participating in the robbery and his attorney failed to pursue the issue in instructions to the jury.

The Appeals Court rejected that argument Tuesday. The court said the only mention of duress occurred during Love’s testimony. The court said the issue of duress was covered in other instructions presented to the jury.