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Updated: 2/24 10:48 am

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate who argued there was an alleged constitutional error in his trial for the slaying of a junior college student.

Charles Ray Crawford asked the Supreme Court in October to hear his arguments. The court declined Monday without comment.

Crawford, now 43, was sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder and rape of Northeast Mississippi Community College student Kristy Ray in rural Tippah County.

The 20-year-old Ray was abducted from her parents' home in Chalybeate. Crawford told authorities he did not remember the incident but later led them to the body buried in leaves in a wooded area.

The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in 1998.

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