High court to look at Carothers case

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JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a prosecution motion to review an appeal in an assault case from Lafayette County.

The state Court of Appeals last fall ordered a new trial for Anthony Carothers who was convicted in a 2011 assault of his half-sister and was sentenced serve 10 years in prison.

The Appeals Court found the trial judge erred in allowing the state to treat Sheena Carothers as a hostile witness so they could question her more aggressively than usually allowed. It said review of Sheena’s testimony showed no hostile behavior.

The Appeals Court says her designation as a hostile witness opened the door for the production of testimony that brought about Carothers’ conviction.

Prosecutors petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case. The petition was granted Thursday.