DUI fatal appeal thrown out by Court of Appeals

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has thrown out the post-conviction petition of a Benndale man convicted of felony DUI involving a two-car crash that killed a 13-year-old in 1998 because it was improperly filed.

The Appeals Court ruled Tuesday that Keith E. Havard failed to get permission from the Mississippi Supreme Court to pursue a post-conviction claim as required by law.

Havard was convicted in 1999 in George County and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison with eight years suspended.

Havard was charged with the death of Elvin Lee Nobles of the Central community on Jan. 25, 1998.

Prosecutors say Havard ignored a stop sign and collided with a car driven by Deloris Backlin on Mississippi Highway 26. Nobles, Backlin’s grandson and a passenger in her vehicle were killed.