Miss. 2008 vulnerable-adult conviction overturned

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of Vanessa Decker, who was given a four-year suspended sentence in 2008 on a charge of exploiting her own mother.

Last year, the state Court of Appeals upheld Decker’s conviction.

A Clay County jury found Decker guilty of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult for taking $4,120 from her mother’s bank account between November 2005 and April 2007. Decker says she had permission.

The Supreme Court said Thursday that the trial judge gave a jury instruction that conflicted with Decker’s indictment. The court said that mistake required the conviction to be overturned.

The Supreme Court overturned Decker’s conviction June 16, but withdrew that decision two weeks later. The ruling issued Thursday is similar to the first one.