- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appels has upheld the conviction of a McComb man sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2011 fatal shooting of Derrick “Twin” Witherspoon.

James Douglas McKnight was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of murder in Pike County in 2013.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday denied McKnight’s arguments on 17 issues raised in his appeal to win a new trial.

Prosecutors say Witherspoon died after being shot four times as he ran from James McKnight’s vehicle. They say McKnight was looking for his son and he thought Witherspoon knew his whereabouts

Prosecutors say Barbara McKnight was driving the vehicle carrying her husband James McKnight, Hill and Witherspoon.

Hill and Barbara McKnight also were convicted for accessory after the fact to murder.


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