Lee County man's appeal to be heard by Mississippi court

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 5 in Jackson for a Lee County man convicted in the death of his girlfriend’s baby.

Christopher Brandon of Verona was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 after jurors found him guilty of killing 15-month-old Xavier Staples in June of 2007. The baby was his girlfriend’s son.

Brandon was convicted of “depraved-heart murder” — causing death by an act so reckless it shows complete lack of regard for human life.

Authorities say Brandon had said at first that the baby had fallen from a bed.

The case is among dozens the Appeals Court will hear during its September-October term.