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Attorney General asks for clarification in Byrom ruling

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 4/01/2014 3:50 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Attorney General is asking the state's highest court for the reasons it overturned the conviction of Michelle Byrom and ordered a new trial.

Byrom was on death row for the 1999 murder of her husband, Edward Bryom, at the couple's home in Iuka.

On Monday, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the new trial and stated a different judge should hear the case.

The order for a new trial was signed by Justice Josiah Coleman.

In a motion filed Tuesday, Jim Hood is asking the court to provide more specific reasons for the decision.

He says the case has been appealed on both the state and federal levels for years.

Hood says Byrom's latest motion for post-conviction relief was filed the same day the U. S. Supreme Court denied a request to review Byrom's appeal.

He is asking the court for the specific reasons and errors that may have been made to prevent them from happening in the next trial.

Hood also says the court should explains its reasons for removing the judge from the case.

He says there is no indication in the order which justices may have taken part in issuing the decision.

He asks the Mississippi Supreme Court to stay further proceedings in the case until an opinion stating the basis for the reversal is issued by the court.
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