US Supreme Court refuses to hear Pugh appeal

Eddie James Pugh IV (Photo source: MS Dept. of Corrections)
Eddie James Pugh IV (Photo source: MS Dept. of Corrections)

JACKSON, MS (AP/WLOX) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from Eddie James Pugh IV who was convicted for his role in a 2008 double kidnapping and slaying.

Pugh was sentenced to life without parole in 2010 in Jackson County for capital murder. The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld Pugh's conviction in 2012.

Authorities say Pugh was one three men who kidnapped, shot and wounded New Orleans native Rahman MoGilles and shot and killed Byron Kelsey McCoy.

Prosecutors say the trio allegedly forced MoGilles and McCoy into a vehicle and drove them into Mississippi. McCoy died of gunshot wounds and MoGilles was wounded. They set fire to the vehicle containing McCoy's body.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence released a statement Monday saying, "In 2008 Eddie Pugh beat, kidnapped and killed Byron McCoy over an act of greed involving money.  Individuals who commit these types of violent acts deserve to spend the rest of their lives in jail."

Pugh had challenged some physical evidence in case and alleged flaws in his indictment.

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