- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has reversed itself and reinstated the appeal of a Jackson man convicted of capital murder in the death of a convenience store security guard.

Derrick Johnson’s case was dismissed by the court in March after he failed to pay the required fees to pursue an appeal.

On Tuesday, the court waived the fees for Johnson and announced it would hear his appeal.

Johnson was convicted of capital murder in 2013 in Hinds County for his role in the fatal shooting of 54-year-old James McKinney, a security guard at the store. A clerk was shot and injured during the attempted robbery in 2011.

Johnson was sentenced to life without parole. He was acquitted of a charge of aggravated assault.


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