The Mississippi Supreme Court rejected a request to hear an appeal of a second degree murder conviction out of Alcorn County.
Jerry Dale Miller, 65, petitioned the court to review his case stemming from the 2014 killing of 43-year-old Gregory Owen Scott of Corinth. The court rejected the request in decisions handed down last week with seven justices voting to deny the appeal and two voting to grant.
Miller, who is serving a 30-year sentence at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County, previously appealed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, which affirmed the 2018 circuit court judgment last December.
The investigation of the killing found that Miller, who lived on Sharp Street, had thrown rocks at vehicles belonging to women at a neighboring residence, leading to a confrontation with Scott, who tried to intervene. Police said Miller then stabbed Scott in the abdomen with an 8-inch butcher knife, and the bloody weapon was found under Miller’s bed.
On appeal, Miller claimed he stabbed the man in either reasonable self-defense or in the heat of passion. He also argued that the weight of the evidence established he was insane at the time he stabbed Scott.
Miller also argued that an autopsy photo entered into evidence was inappropriate and served only to inflame the jury.
Miller’s tentative release date is in 2044.