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Court upholds death sentence for convicted murderer

(Photo: Columbia County Sheriff's Office, 2010) (Photo: Columbia County Sheriff's Office, 2010)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a Hancock County man convicted of capital murder in the death of his 70-year-old landlord.

In 2013 Timothy Evans was sentenced to death after confessing to the January 2010 murder of Wenda Lafern Holling.

Holling was strangled in her Hancock County home where Evans rented a room. According to his statement to police, Evans admitted he first tried to smother the victim, then strangled her and disposed of the body.

Holling's was found on the side of a Harrison County road, after being missing for three weeks.

In appealing the death sentence, Evans lawyers argued 10 points; including failing to determine Evans' competency, whether the jury selection was constitutional, and prosecutorial misconduct.

CLICK HERE to read the full list of Evans' appeals

However, the court found no error and upheld the death penalty.

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