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Conference set for Charles Ray Crawford

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 1/23 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- The U. S. Supreme Court has set a conference to talk about a request by Charles Ray Crawford to review his appeal of his conviction and death sentence in Tippah County.

Charles Ray Crawford, 48, alleges there was a constitutional error in his trial for the slaying of Kristy Ray.

Crawford argues he was deprived his Sixth Amendment right to counsel as it related to a 1993 psychiatric evaluation.

A federal judge in Mississippi and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans have both ruled against Crawford on the appeal.

The conference is set for February 21.

Also on Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied a motion by Crawford to issued a scheduling order for him to file a petition that he believes will win him a new trial.

Crawford argues in a new motion that his previous attorneys did a poor job of handling his first petition for post-conviction relief.

Crawford argues that if the court allows him to try again, he'll explain his arguments better.

In a post-conviction petition, inmates argues they have found new evidence _ or a possible constitutional issue _ that could persuade a court to order a new trial.

The court did not say he couldn't file the petition, they just did not set a date for the petitions to be filed.

Crawford has only notified the court of his intent to file a petition, but has not filed it as of Thursday afternoon.

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