By JB Clark
JACKSON – A Lee County man’s request to vacate his 2011 capital murder conviction was denied by the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday, but his claim of ineffective counsel may be heard.
Justin Springer requested to file a motion to vacate his conviction and sentence on multiple grounds including unlawful arrest, the denial of his right to testify, the denial of his right to a speedy trial and ineffective counsel.
Springer was found guilty in the June 9, 2008, murder of Kamby Ivy during the burglary of the home of Ivy’s girlfriend. The murder was a capital offense because it happened during the commission of a burglary.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Supreme Court ordered the Lee County Circuit Court to hold a hearing to determine whether Springer’s trial counsel was ineffective for failing to pursue his right to a speedy trial; and whether his appeal counsel was ineffective in failing to raise that claim about his trial counsel.
Springer previously appealed to the Supreme Court that the verdict was contrary to the overwhelming evidence in his favor, but the Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and sentence.