Lowndes County death row case back before Miss. high court

JACKSON — Death row inmate Eddie Lee Howard Jr. is back before the Mississippi Supreme Court, renewing an argument over bite-mark evidence that was key to his conviction.

Howard was tried twice in Lowndes County for the 1992 rape and stabbing death of 82-year-old Georgia Kemp of Columbus. Evidence against Howard included bite marks on the woman’s body; a dentist testified that they matched impressions of Howard’s teeth.

In Howard’s new claim, the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi Law School again attacks the bite-mark evidence and the testimony of Dr. Michael West.

The attorney general’s office argues that Howard cannot raise that issue in a new appeal because he made that argument in his initial appeals.

The Associated Press