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Appeal denied for man convicted of capital murder in Jackson Co.

Nicholas Marcell DeMorst (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department) Nicholas Marcell DeMorst (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)
Hunter Miller (Photo source: WLOX) Hunter Miller (Photo source: WLOX)
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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a capital murder conviction and life sentence for Nicholas DeMorst.

DeMorst was found guilty of capital murder in June 2015. Prosecutors said DeMorst shot Hunter Miller to death during a botched drug deal on the night of Jan. 14, 2014.

DeMorst found guilty of capital murder; Sentenced to life without parole

Prosecutors said Miller met DeMorst to buy prescription pills in Gautier’s College Park neighborhood on the night of the murder. DeMorst attempted to rob Miller and shot him in the side as he attempted to drive away.

DeMorst’s attorneys claimed his conviction should be overturned because his public defender was ineffective during the trial, and the court allowed impermissible evidence including recordings of phone calls DeMorst made from jail and his identification as the shooter by two eyewitnesses.

The court denied that appeal.

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