New trial order stands in statutory rape case

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a motion to reinstate the statutory rape conviction of a Noxubee County man.

Prosecutors had filed an appeal after the state Court of Appeals last fall ordered a new trial in the case. The Supreme Court denied this motion this week.

R.C. Hibbler was serving a 20-year sentence when a majority of the Appeals Court agreed with his argument that his attorney didn’t do a good job and ordered a new trial.

Hibbler was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 69 in 2005.

Hibbler argued that his lawyer didn’t interview any witnesses in the case other than Hibbler himself and also failed to challenge the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses during the 2008 trial.