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Charles Ray Crawford appeal paperwork extended

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Updated: 8/26 10:20 am
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Attorney General has been granted more time to file a response to Charles Ray Crawford's appeal of his 1994 rape conviction.

Crawford, 48, is currently on Mississippi's death row for the 1992 death of Kristy Ray, 20, in the Chalybeate community in Tippah County.

In his appeal, Crawford claims he received ineffective counsel to defend himself against the rape charges in conjunction with Ray's death.

He argues if the court overturns the conviction, the death penalty would also be taken off him because rape is listed as the underlying offense.

The AG's office faced a Monday deadline to file a response, but asked for more time to prepare those documents.

The court granted the extension and set a new deadline of September 26th.

If the court denies the appeal, prosecutors could once again ask for an execution date.

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