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Alcorn County conviction overturned


Corinth Today

JACKSON – A Corinth man will get a new trial after the Mississippi Court of Appeals reversed a lower court conviction.

James Johnson, 55, was convicted in Alcorn County Circuit Court of aggravated assault in April 2014 for strangling his ex-wife in December 2012. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years probation.

On appeal, the higher court ruled that the state erred when it introduced evidence of Johnson’s prior bad acts. By not redacting the police reports, the state allowed additional allegations into the courtroom and prejudiced the jury against Johnson.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial.

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