Sanders loses appeal of conviction in slayings in Lee County jury case

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Keir D. Sanders, who had sought a new trial in the death of his grandmother because the same Lee County jury that convicted him also found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of his grandfather.

Sanders attorneys had argued that if Sanders was insane when one crime was committed, it would follow that he was insane for the other attack that occurred moments later.

Sanders was convicted of murder in 2008 in the death of his grandmother and was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of his grandfather. The incident happened in Tishomingo County.

Sanders was sentenced to be confined to a state mental hospital upon his release from prison on his life sentence for his grandmother’s slaying.