- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the post-conviction arguments of death row inmate Marlon Howell convicted in the 2001 slaying of a newspaper carrier.

The case is among dozens the court will consider during its July-August term. It will not hear oral arguments.

A judge denied Howell’s appeal last year, finding no fault with his legal representation. The judge also denied Howell’s challenge the testimony of a prosecutor’s witness. Howell also argued a jail lineup was tainted by a lack of an attorney.

Howell was convicted in 2001 of capital murder and sentenced to death for killing David Pernell during a robbery. Pernell was a retired postman who delivered the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He was killed after being was flagged down on a city street in New Albany.

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