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People in North Carolina might be interested in learning about a case involving racial bias that is headed to the Supreme Court. The case involves a Mississippi man who is on death row following his sixth trial for the murder of four people in 1996.

The man, who is black, is challenging his conviction because the prosecutor has engaged in a practice of eliminating jurors who are black. He was convicted of the shooting deaths of four people at a furniture store in Winona, Miss. The man's first two convictions were overturned because the prosecutor had introduced impermissible evidence. His third conviction was overturned because the Mississippi Supreme Court found that the prosecutor's striking of 15 black jurors was evidence of racial prejudice in jury selection.

The next two trials resulted in hung juries. The prosecutor finally won a conviction in the case against the man in 2010, and he was sentenced to death. However, he appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court because the prosecutor had again excluded black jurors from the jury. The U.S. Supreme Court had directed the Mississippi Supreme Court to take another look at the case, but the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the conviction on a five to four vote. The U.S. Supreme Court will now finally weigh in on whether the prosecutor's actions were racially biased. If they rule for the man, the most recent conviction will also be overturned.

Someone who is facing murder charges might want to retain a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced in handling violent crimes and homicide cases. These types of cases are often very complex and might require substantial investigation and litigation. An experienced attorney could work with investigators and experts to build a strong defense for the client.

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