Man's conviction in beating death stands

The Associated PressJuly 17, 2014 

— The Mississippi Supreme Court declined Thursday to hear an appeal from a Jackson man convicted in the beating death of a Pelahatchie man in 2011.

Clarence Jones was convicted in Rankin County in 2011 of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the slaying of 33-year-old Stephen Johnson. The state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 2013.

Prosecutors say Johnson was at his home near Pelahatchie when Jones and two others kicked in the door to Johnson's residence and punched and kicked the victim.

Jones argued that the trial judge failed to suppress statements he gave police.

The Appeals Court said Jones received Miranda warnings before talking to officers.

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