Miss. Supreme Court upholds conviction of Alabama woman in her mother's slaying



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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court was denied a new trial to an Alabama woman convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her mother.

Rebecca Jones, of Lexington, Alabama, was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 after a trial in Prentiss County.

Prosecutors say 66-year-old Jane Jones died at a Tupelo hospital after being found May 11, 2010, at her home east of Booneville with gunshot wounds to the stomach and upper right arm.

Rebecca Jones, now 50, argued in court documents that her mother was shot during a struggle over a gun.

Prosecutors say there was no evidence of a struggle in the house.

The court's 7-2 majority ruled Thursday that prosecutors debunked Rebecca Jones' contention the shooting was an accident.

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