Miss. high court sets case docket for next term

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Pontotoc man once described by defense attorneys as a “fool in love” has appealed his manslaughter and burglary convictions to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Curtis Wayne Gause’s appeal is among dozens of cases the Supreme Court will consider during its January-February term. Many cases — such as Gause’s — will be decided without oral argument.

Gause was convicted in 2008 in Pontotoc County of killing of a man he found in bed with his estranged wife.

Gause was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter and 25 years, with 15 years suspended, for burglary.

Prosecutors said Gause stabbed Jeffery Swords on March 22, 2008, at Tracy Gause’s trailer in Ecru.

Defense attorneys said Gause was not a cold-blooded killer but a “fool in love” when he killed Swords.