Court denies new hearing in Union County child-sex case

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Jeffrey Kleckner was denied a rehearing for his 2009 conviction on four child-sex charges in Union County.
Tuesday, the Mississippi Court of Appeals turned down his appeal for another look at his case.
Last May, the court affirmed his conviction on one count of touching a child for lustful purposes and three counts of sexual battery.
A Union County jury sentenced him to 15 years in prison on the first count to run after his three life sentences.
In his appeal, Kleckner’s attorney cited 20 alleged trial errors to support overturning the outcome, along with a 21st to aggregate the others for sufficient weight as to overturn the conviction.
He claimed Kleckner was denied his right to effective counsel, as well as various other alleged violations, including that he failed to be given a continuance when he suffered serious health problems.
For some of these errors, Kleckner failed to cite legal authority, which allowed the court to disregard them.
The court also said it found no merit in other claims he made about police questioning, his arrest, his right to a speedy trial and jury impartiality.
Many of the claims were made for the first time to the appeals court, it said.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com