By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Three men’s life sentences stand in the alleged sexual battery of a 3-year-old Lafayette County girl.
Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed 6-2 to dismiss motions to review the convictions of Timothy W. Jordan, Glenn E. Grose and Johnny Grose.
A circuit court jury convicted the trio in 2008 on multiple counts of sexual battery, and two of the men on fondling and child neglect charges.
Each was sentenced to life in prison on the sexual battery counts, plus additional years on the others.
The men were tried together with Timothy Jordan’s wife, Krystal, testifying against them. Earlier, she pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery and felony child abuse.
The men’s appeal, rejected by the Mississippi Court of Appeals, focused on seven issues.
Among them were denial of Jordan’s motion for separate trials, as well as amended indictments, allegedly improper hearsay testimony, questions about Krystal Jordan’s testimony and whether the verdict was wrong in light of evidence.
Justices David Chandler and Jim Kitchens dissented from the appeal dismissal, saying a new trial is warranted based on the admission of the child’s videotaped “hearsay statements,” which violate the men’s right to confront their accuser, and hearsay statements made by an accomplice’s attorney.