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Hattiesburg man loses appeal of murder conviction

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence without parole given a Hattiesburg man after he was convicted of murder in a 2011 homicide.

Jairus Jidon Collins was convicted in 2013 in Forrest County in the fatal shooting of Ebony Jenkins.

Prosecutors say Jenkins' body was found in a wooded area on Dec. 9, 2011.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday denied Collins' arguments that his pretrial statements to police should have been used on evidence. Collins argued he did not have a lawyer present during questioning by police.

The Appeal Court said the interrogation was recorded and revealed that Collins voluntarily gave up his right to having an attorney present.

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