JACKSON – Convicted murderer Keir D. “K.D.” Sanders will get a new hearing in front of the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Thursday, the court agreed 8-1 to grant his petition. Chief Justice William Waller was the lone dissenter.
No written opinion was released, just the vote and the decision.
In March, the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction and life sentence in the 1985 death of his grandmother, Elma Sanders, in her Tishomingo County home.
During the same trial in 2008, a Lee County jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of his grandfather, W.D. Sanders.
K.D., who had been on the run for 20 years after the killing before being convicted, was ordered to the state mental asylum for his grandfather’s death and sentenced to life on the other charge. But his mental confinement was suspended until his life sentence was completed.
During his trial, two psychiatrists said he was insane at the time of the attacks, but a third said he wasn’t and had drug or alcohol abuse problems, or both.
His new appeal contends it was improper to sentence a mentally ill person to prison, saying he should be sent to the asylum before prison.
He asks for a Supreme Court review of the Court of Appeals decision, reversal of his conviction and sentence in his grandmother’s death and for a new trial in that case.
If those options are not acceptable, he asks for that sentence to be reversed and sent back to Lee County with instructions that he should go to an asylum before serving prison time.
W.D. Sanders was shot in the back with a shotgun and then bludgeoned in the head with a hammer. His wife was shot with the shotgun while she was lying in bed in the next room.
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