Death-by-cooking-oil case before appeals court

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Sept. 30 in the case of Edna Mae Sanders, who is seeking a new trial in the death of her husband.

The man died a week after he was doused with hot cooking oil. Sanders, of Diamondhead, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison after a trial in Hancock County in 2008.

In court documents, Sanders has claimed the trial judge improperly allowed hearsay into evidence and excluded evidence of her allegations of her husband’s violent history and character. She also has claimed the judge refused to grant jury instructions that she had no duty to retreat from her husband during an incident at their home.

Circuit Judge Paul Bourgeois Jr. had ruled during trial that it was proper for the jury to consider her husband’s statement to first-responders that his wife had burned him.

Prosecutors have said there are no records of Edna Sanders reporting prior allegations of abuse. They say Sanders poured the hot oil on her 53-year-old husband while he was sleeping at their home on July 27, 2006. Sherman Sanders died a week after the incident in an Alabama hospital.

The case is among those the Appeals Court will consider during its September-October term.

Other cases include:

— Patrick William Cox’s appeal of his 73-year sentence for the kidnapping, carjacking and raping a mother of three. Cox was convicted in 2008 in Hinds County. Prosecutors said the incident occurred in 2006. Cox was sentenced to 28 years for forcible rape, 15 years for carjacking and 30 years for kidnapping. Prosecutors said DNA linked Cox to the assault even though he denied the charges.

— Riley Adams’ appeal of his 2009 conviction in Clarke County for the shooting death of his girlfriend at their home. Adams was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder in the 2008 death 49-year-old Ruth Roberts. Prosecutors said deputies initially were told they were responding to a suicide. Upon further questioning of Adams, the case turned into a murder investigation.

— Larry Evans’ appeal of this 2009 conviction of manslaughter and armed robbery in the killing of a Jackson convenience store clerk. Evans was sentenced in Hinds County to 20 years for manslaughter and 15 years for armed robbery. Prosecutors said the clerk, Daldin Singh, died in November 2005 after being shot in the stomach at the store. The store owner was wounded and recovered.

— Keith Boyda’s appeal of his 2009 conviction of murder in the shooting death of his wife. Boyda was convicted in Stone County and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said Linda Boyda was shot to death in 2005 at the couple’s home in the Big Level community near Perkinston. Prosecutors said Boyda shot his wife after the couple argued and left with his teenage daughter, who was released unharmed.

The Associated Press