UPDATE: Conviction upheld in fatal Clay Co. wreck

JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of Lonzie Earl Nichols, who was convicted in Clay County for murder involving a 2004 fatal motor vehicle crash.

Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2006.

Prosecutors say Kiki Johnson and her unborn child were killed on July 24, 2004 when the car, in which they were passengers, collided with a vehicle driven by Nichols.

The accident occurred about four miles south of West Point on U.S. Highway 45 Alternate.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday rejected Nichols’ claim that the evidence did not support a murder conviction. The Appeals Court says there was evidence that Nichols’ deliberately rear-ended the Johnson car, an action which contributed to the wreck.

The Associated Press