By The Associated Press
JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals has ruled that Michael Warren Willie failed to get approval before filing a post-conviction appeal that was dismissed by an Oktibbeha County judge.
Willie is serving a life sentence without parole for the 1989 shooting death of Joe Clardy at his Maben store.
Willie’s attorney filed a post-conviction petition in 2004. A judge ruled it was time barred under state law and denied it.
In a post-conviction petition, an inmate argues he has found new evidence — or a possible constitutional issue — that could persuade a court to order a new trial.
The Appeals Court on Tuesday said Willie failed to get Mississippi Supreme Court approval to file a post-conviction petition and therefore the local judge didn’t have the authority to hear it.