Court to hear Lafayette County sexual battery case appeal

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Three men’s life sentences will get a new look in the alleged sexual battery of a 3-year-old Lafayette County girl.

Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed 5-2 to re-examine appeal issues by Timothy W. Jordan, Glenn E. Grose and Johnny Grose.

A circuit court jury convicted the trio in 2008 on multiple counts of sexual battery, and two of the men on fondling and child neglect charges.

Each was sentenced to life in prison on the sexual battery counts, plus additional years on the others.

The men were tried together with Timothy Jordan’s wife, Krystal, testifying against them. Earlier, she pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery and felony child abuse.

The men’s appeal, rejected by the Mississippi Court of Appeals, focused on seven issues.

Among them were denial of Jordan’s motion for separate trials, as well as amended indictments, allegedly improper hearsay testimony, questions about Kystal Jordan’s testimony and whether the verdict was wrong in light of evidence.

Voting to grant the re-examination were Chief Justice William Waller Jr. with justices George Carlson, Jess Dickinson, Jim Kitchens and David Chandler. Opposing them were justices Michael Randolph and Randy Pierce. Not participating were justices Ann Lamar and Leslie King.

The review may be done strictly from briefs or the court may ask to hear verbal arguments.

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