UPDATE: Sanders murder cases to get new review

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Convicted murderer Keir D. “K.D.” Sanders’ case will get a new hearing in front of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Thursday, the court agreed 8-1, with Chief Justice William Waller the lone dissenter, to grant his petition.

No written opinion was released, just the vote and the decision.

Last 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. was ordered to be confined 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, rather that he had drug and/or alcohol abuse problems.

His new appeal also 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 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.