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Thomas Edwin Loden federal appeal dismissed

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 9/18/2013 2:19 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A man on death row in the 2001 murder of an Itawamba County teenager has lost his attempt to have a federal court toss out his conviction and sentence.

Federal Judge Neal Biggers signed an order Wednesday dismissing the appeal of Thomas Edwin Loden, Jr., 48.

Loden was sentenced to death plus 30 years in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Leesa Gray in 2001.

In his court documents, he questioned the performance of his defense attorney and the attornies who handled his appeal.

Loden also questioned the evidence collected in the case.

In his ruling, Judge Biggers dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning Loden can no longer file appeals on those claims.

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