Wilson's fate before Miss. Supreme Court

JACKSON – William Wilson’s life depended on a plea deal his attorneys made in his 2007 Lee County murder case.

The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider if any legal issues exist to warrant a new look at his death sentence from Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner III.

Wilson, 29, does not contest that he killed 2-year-old Malorie Conlee in the course of committing child abuse in April 2005. The child was his girlfriend’s daughter.

Tuesday, the full court heard arguments from attorneys representing Wilson and the State of Mississippi about whether Wilson should be given a new sentence.

Also before them is whether Judge Gardner was wrong not to replace those attorneys when Wilson’s vocal dissatisfaction with them caused Gardner to abort his deal to avoid the death penalty.

• Read Wednesday’s Daily Journal for more details.

Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal