Panola slaying case before Mississippi high court

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a Panola County man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of a Batesville man.

The court will not hear oral arguments in the case of Derrick Burdette.

Prosecutors say Burdette was convicted of manslaughter in January in the death of Herman Smith in Batesville.

Smith was shot Jan. 26, 2011, while he sat in his car at Still Trailer Park, located in west Batesville. Prosecutors say Smith lived long enough to identify his attacker.

The case is among dozens before the Supreme Court during its November-December term.