OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- The state of Mississippi is asking a federal court to dismiss the appeal of K. D. Sanders.
Sanders, 48, is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1985 murder of his grandmother, Elma Crawford at her Tishomingo County home.
He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of his grandfather, W. D. Crawford.
In his federal appeal, Sanders claims he was denied a fair and impartial trial, was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct, vindictive and selective prosecution, received ineffective assistance from his trial attorney and was illegally charged and convicted as a habitual offender.
The state filed a response claiming the federal court does not hold jurisdiction over the four of his claims because the grounds filed rest on adequate state laws.
They say the claims of ineffective counsel and being illegally charged as a habitual offender were never addressed by the state appeals court and thus should not be considered by the federal court.
Sanders filed his appeal in July of 2012.