Death row inmate wants his murder trial heard again

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Death row inmate Alan Dale Walker is back before the Mississippi Supreme Court asking for a new trial, or to have his death sentence vacated.

Walker was sentenced to death in Harrison County for the 1990 rape and murder of 19-year-old Konya Edwards of Long Beach.  Edwards died after being beaten and raped.  Her body was set on fire and thrown into a lake.  Walker was also sentenced 30 years for rape, and 35 years for kidnapping.

Walker has lost one post-conviction round before the Mississippi court. A federal court rejected his claims in 2012.

His new request is among dozens before the Mississippi court in its July-August term. Oral arguments are not scheduled.

In a post-conviction petition, an inmate argues he has new evidence - or a possible constitutional issue - that could persuade a court to order a new trial. Walker's death sentence was upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1995. Walker was scheduled for execution back in 1997. But, a federal judge in Jackson issued a stay.

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