- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Jeffrey Grey Allen, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the 2011 fatal shooting of a Moss Point junkyard owner.

The state Court of Appeals upheld Allen’s capital murder conviction in March. The Supreme Court said this past week it would hear Allen’s appeal.

Allen was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2013 in Jackson County Circuit Court. Prosecutors did not seek a death sentence.

Prosecutors say Allen was one of two people involved in the death of 86-year-old Charlie Mason Jr., owner of Mason’s Junkyard on Hog Island in east Jackson County. Prosecutors say Allen and Donna Marie Freeman fled with thousands of dollars and a cellphone from Mason’s home.

Freeman is serving a 27-year sentence for second-degree murder.



In his petition to the Supreme Court, Allen is arguing the evidence didn’t support his conviction. He argues some it was hearsay, including statements Mason allegedly made to others about Allen and Freeman. Allen argued other testimony from a snitch and an informant was unreliable.

Prosecutors said it was for a jury to decide the reliability of testimony and there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find Allen guilty.

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