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New trial granted in cocaine case

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Updated: 1/30 3:57 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Montgomery County man has agreed to review the appeal of a Montgomery County man's life sentence for cocaine possession.

Joel Baskin, 36, was convicted by a jury and sentenced as a habitual offender.

Baskin was arrested in October of 2010 by Winona police officers serving a warrant for aggravated assault.

During his arrest, they found the drugs in Baskin's pocket.

Last February, the Mississippi Court of Appeals denied his appeals saying the judge was wrong not to hear a motion to suppress evidence based on a lack of probable cause.

They also say the judge was not wrong when he allowed prosecutors to impeach a defense witness by bringing up a previous misdemeanor conviction during cross examination.

In their ruling Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court sided with the appeals court when it came to probable cause.

Justices however said the judge was wrong to allow the admission of evidence of prior bad acts for a defense witness and ordered a new trial.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in February.
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