Cleveland Murderer Loses Appeal In Court

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Parchman inmate convicted of a Cleveland murder in 2016 has lost his appeal for a new trial. LaMarcus Wallace contended that he should have been granted a mistrial. According to court documents, Wallace claimed that the trial court erred in failing to grant a mistrial, his right to confront witnesses was violated, the state improperly commented on his failure to call an alibi witness, and that those errors required a reversal of his conviction. The Mississippi Court of Appeals disagreed in a ruling last week saying that Wallace did not request a mistrial while in court for the court to consider, his attorney agreed to let one witness testify for another, and he never objected to the state questioning his failure to call an alibi witness at the time. On the final issue, the court said the issue was without merit writing “Finding no error, there can be no cumulative error.”

 

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