U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeal of local death row inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from death row inmate Stephen Elliot Powers, who was convicted of killing a Southern Miss student.

The nation's high court denied without comment Powers' request to hear his case. It was the second time the Supreme Court had ruled against Powers.

In 2005, the Supreme Court declined to hear Powers' appeal of his capital murder conviction.

Powers was convicted in 2000 in Forrest County of murdering the 27-year-old Beth Lafferty, who was shot five times during an attack at her home.

According to the court record, Powers confessed in a written statement that he and Lafferty struggled with a gun and that he shot Lafferty, but he specifically denied having sex with the woman.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the physical evidence clearly revealed that there was an attempt to rape the woman.