Court upholds Saltillo shooting conviction

Court News

By Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

JACKSON – Lisa Sandlin’s murder conviction was upheld Thursday by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The Saltillo woman was sentenced in 2011 to life in prison in the shooting death of her stepson, 35-year-old Kirk Sandlin.

Prosecutors David Daniel and Dennis Farris said Kirk Sandlin died of a shotgun wound to the abdomen Sept. 22, 2010, after an argument.

Lisa Sandlin argued in her appeal that she didn’t consent to testimony by her husband, Sammy Sandlin, who testified that he was present during the shooting and told police that Lisa shot his son.

The Supreme Court ruled Lisa Sandlin didn’t object to her husband’s testimony at the trial and could not raise it in her appeal.

She also argued that she had ineffective counsel.

However, the court said she could bring back up two issues it dismissed – the ineffectiveness of her counsel relating to her husband’s testimony and to a 911 call he made after his son was shot.

During the Lee County trial, Lisa Sandlin said she grabbed a shotgun and walked to the back door with it to intimidate Kirk, with whom she’d traded sharp words across a couple of days. She said she did not know the gun was loaded.

A jury found her guilty and she was sentenced to life in prison.

patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com