Tyler Edmonds' lawsuit dismissal upheld

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A federal appeals court panel has rejected efforts by Tyler Edmonds to revive his wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.

The panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday upheld a 2010 ruling that law enforcement officers did nothing unconstitutional in the handling of Edmonds’ confession in 2003.

Edmonds and his mother sued Oktibbeha County in 2009, saying Edmonds was wrongfully convicted of murder “based on an alleged coerced confession taken by law enforcement officers.”

Edmonds, who was 14 at the time, was arrested May 12, 2003, and accused in the death of Joey Fulgham, who was married to Edmonds’ half-sister, Kristi Fulgham.

His confession reportedly came after Edmonds and his mother were separated, and then Kristi told him to “tell them” what he had done.