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Appeals court upholds Columbus murder conviction

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 7/16/2013 4:48 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a serving life sentences for double murder in Lowndes County.

The court Tuesday issued the decision in the case of Daniel Paul Copple, 46.

Copple is serving life sentences in the shooting deaths of James Bennett-Mann of Columbus and Mark Caudill of Birmingham, Alabama at the Elbow Room in Columbus in February of 2011.

He also is serving an additional 15-year sentence for aggravated assault after he hit a pedestrian leaving the scene of the shooting.

In his appeal, Copple states the state didn't prove the shooting wasn't in self-defense, the evidence didn't support the verdict, and the judge was wrong not to move the trial out of Lowndes County.
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