State responds to K. D. Sanders appeal

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The attorney general’s office is asking a federal judge to dismiss the appeal of K. D. Sanders.

Sanders is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1985 murder of his grandmother, Elma Crawford, at her Tishomingo County home. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of his grandfather, W. D. Crawford.

In his federal appeal, Sanders claims he was denied a fair trial, was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct, received ineffective assistance from his trial attorney and was illegally charged and convicted as a habitual offender.

The state says claims of ineffective counsel and being illegally charged as a habitual offender were never addressed by the state appeals court and should not be considered by the federal court.