- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a Gulf Coast man who was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a D’Iberville teenager.

Prosecutors say Ethan Smith shot 16-year-old Eric Wayne Midkiff to death in 2011 because Smith wanted to be alone with a female.

Prosecutors say Smith and several teenagers were in a camper behind his mother’s home. Also present was a girl, 17.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday rejected Smith’s arguments that the shooting was an accident and the trial judge erred in not letting the jury consider a manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors say there were eyewitnesses to the shooting and Smith had gunshot residue on his hands. They say the bullet recovered from Midkiff was fired from Smith’s gun.


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