The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Hattiesburg woman's conviction of murder for her role in a 2002 slaying.
Lisa Hinton was sentenced in 2005 to life in prison in Forrest County in the death of Darlene Latham.
Latham, 30, died from six stab wounds July 27, 2002. Hinton was initially arrested and charged with murder shortly after Latham's death. The grand jury refused to indict her in January 2003 due to a lack of evidence, and the charges were dropped.
Hinton was arrested again Jan. 4 on a grand jury indictment charging her with Latham's murder.
According to the court record, Hinton argued that she acted in self defense and that Latham had been threatening her, attacking her and terrorizing her for months. Hinton testified that she began carrying a knife in her purse after a second fight between she and Latham.
Hinton testified Latham came to her home as an uninvited guest the night of her death. Hinton testified she told Latham to leave but she would not budge unless Hinton's boyfriend and Latham's ex-boyfriend, Isaac Harris, said so.
Harris requested Latham to leave but she was still in the apartment.
Hinton testified she then went to her bedroom to get the purse with the knife. She put the purse on her shoulder and said Latham met her at the bedroom doorway. Hinton said Latham tried to strike her and that's when Hinton stabbed her, according to the court record.
The Appeals Court rejected Hinton's arguments that prosecutors tried to keep blacks off the jury and that prosecutors failed to prove she killed Latham.
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