- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana appeal court has the case of Alfred Everette, a Mississippi man convicted of second-degree murder for shooting a New Orleans man in an alleged scheme to share insurance money with the victim’s widow.

Everette was convicted in the 2006 slaying of Ernest Smith. Smith’s widow, Emma Raine, is awaiting trial. She has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Everette’s appeal says four people who testified that he confessed to killing Smith aren’t believable. They include a convict seeking a sentence reduction and three people who could compete with Everette for insurance money.

A three-judge appeal court panel gave no indication Wednesday when it would rule.

Raine was arrested in Smith’s death after Mississippi authorities began investigating her third husband’s 2011 death. Nobody has been charged in that case.

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