Split vote overturns Tucker’s conviction

By NEMS Daily Journal

WEST POINT – Anthony Lee Tucker’s 2007 conviction for possession of stolen property was reversed Thursday by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
In a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 2009 Court of Appeals affirmation of the case.
Justice James Graves’ ruling said Tucker’s indictment was not specific enough as to the stolen property. Tucker claimed that made him unable to defend against the charge.
After Tucker’s conviction in Clay County circuit court, Judge Lee J. Howard amended his indictment to add habitual-offender status.
Howard sentenced him to 10 years and to pay a $10,000 fine upon his release.
Tucker has been held in state prison since November 2007.