High Court Ruling

The Mississippi Supreme Court today refused to review again the life sentence given convicted murderer James Williams for a killing in Greene County. Last November, the Supreme Court upheld Williams' conviction. Justices ruled the trial judge properly explained the issue of self-defense to jurors and Williams deserved no more explanation.

Williams was sentenced to life in prison for the 1996 slaying of Johnny Powe in the parking lot of a convenience store. Authorities say Powe was shot once in the head.

During his trial, Williams did not dispute that he fired the fatal shot. He claimed he fired in self defense.