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Gillett appeals to state supreme court


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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An attorney for Roger Lee Gillett has told the Mississippi Supreme Court that his client's flight from the state with the bodies of a Hattiesburg couple days after their deaths was not a factor a jury should have considered in sentencing him to death.

Gillett was convicted in 2007 in Forrest County on two counts of capital murder for his role in the deaths of a Hattiesburg couple and the transporting of their bodies to Kansas in a freezer.

Gillett's attorney, James Lappan, told justices Wednesday that his decision to run was unrelated to the slayings. Prosecutors, however, countered that Gillett and his girlfriend fled the state to cover their tracks and hide the crime.

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