Judge: Miss. woman can't withdraw plea

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Hinds County judge has refused to allow a woman serving 18 years in prison to withdraw her guilty plea to driving while drunk in a wreck that killed two doctors last year.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Circuit Judge Tomie Green ruled Thursday against Karen Irby, who pleaded guilty to two counts of culpable negligence manslaughter. A motion filed by her attorney said Irby's former lawyer was more interested in representing her husband, who paid the $500,000 legal bill, than Irby, who blames her husband for the crash.

Green sentenced Karen Irby to 18 years on May 11, after the 39-year-old mother of two pleaded guilty in the crash that killed Drs. Lisa Dedousis and Daniel Pogue.