Miss. high court to review death penalty case
n JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for June 16 in William Wilson’s appeal of his capital murder conviction for the 2005 slaying of a 2-year-old child.
The case is among dozens the Supreme Court will consider during the May-June term.
Wilson, of Mooreville, was sentenced to death in 2007 in Lee County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to capital murder and felony child abuse in the death of Mallory Conlee. Wilson was sentenced to 20 years on the child abuse charge, which was to be serve consecutively with the death sentence.
In Mississippi, capital murder is defined as murder committed along with the commission of another crime — in this case child abuse.
Death sentences are automatically reviewed by the Supreme Court.
Two laid off in chancery clerk’s office
n OXFORD – Lafayette County Chancery Clerk Sherry Wall has laid off two employees since last August amid a slump in filing fees for everything from land deeds to deeds of trust.
Wall says fee collections in her office are down 50 percent from what they were two years ago.
Wall’s salary and all of her employees’ salaries come out of the filing fees taken in by her office. Any surplus money that is left over by the end of the fiscal year is turned over to the county.
Wall says court fees were up a little but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference of the drastically reduced land and deeds of trust filing fees.
Walls says she now has just three employees.
The Associated Press