- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court refused Thursday to hear an appeal from a Lucedale man sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of his wife.

Julius Wesley Kiker was convicted in 2012 in a second trial for the shooting death of his wife, Renee Kiker, at their Lucedale home in 2002.

Prosecutors say Kiker killed his wife during an argument. Authorities say Kiker was found standing over the woman’s covered body and holding a gun.

Kiker said the couple had argued and he left to allow his wife to calm down. When he returned, Kiker said his wife had the gun, threatened to kill him and was shot herself during a struggle for the gun.

The state Court of Appeals upheld Kiker’s conviction last year.

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