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Court sets Dec. 7 for Sanders’ appeal
• JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 7 in Keir D. “K.D.” Sanders’ appeal of his 2008 conviction in the slaying of his grandmother.
Authorities say Sanders attacked his grandparents in their Tishomingo County home in 1985, then fled before standing trial.
The grandfather, W.D. Crawford, died in the attack; the grandmother, Elma Crawford, died in 1986 in a Memphis hospital.
Authorities arrested Sanders in Texas in 2005.
In 2008, a Lee County jury found Sanders not guilty by reason of insanity in his granddad’s slaying but convicted Sanders of killing his grandmother, and sentenced him to life.
Legislative OK clears path for state pathologists
• JACKSON – Legislators have authorized the state Personnel Board to realign two positions at the Department of Public Safety to increase staff at the medical examiner’s office.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer of Montrose said legislative approval was needed to upgrade two clerical positions so DPS Commissioner Steve Simpson could move forward with hiring pathologists for the office.
Simpson said Dr. Adel Shaker, formerly of the Alabama Medical Examiner’s Office, started work Nov. 1. Simpson said Dr. Douglas Posey of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation begins work Dec. 1 in Mississippi.

The Associated Press

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