- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Pike County man sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a co-worker.

LeDarius Bonds was convicted in Pike County in 2012 for murder in the fatal shooting of LaJeremy Sebron. The state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction last June.

The Supreme Court overturned the conviction Thursday in a 6-3 decision. The court’s majority said the trial judge erred in allowing a photograph of the victim’s body that was so gruesome that it served no purpose but to turn the jury against Bonds.

The justices said Bonds‘ attorney has agreed the victim dies of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Three dissenting justices said prosecutors used the photograph to disprove one of Bonds‘ stories, in which the victim had accidentally shot himself in the back of the head.

Prosecutors say Bonds shot Sebron on Aug. 27, 2010, while giving Sebron him a ride home from their job at Sanderson Farms. Bonds argued the shooting was self-defense.

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