- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Feb. 21 whether to hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate who’s arguing there was a constitutional error in his trial for the slaying of a junior college student.

Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference.

Charles Ray Crawford argues he was deprived his Six Amendment right to counsel as it related to a 1993 psychiatric evaluation.

Crawford is now 43 and was sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder and rape of Northeast Mississippi Community College student Kristy Ray in rural Tippah County.

Crawford claimed he did not remember the attack, but led authorities to the body buried in leaves in a wooded area.

State and federal courts have denied his appeals.

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