JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two men have lost their attempts to have their life sentences in a murder-for-hire case thrown out by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
On Tuesday, the court denied a motion to rehear the appeal of James Allen Higginbotham, 40, and denied the appeals of J. C. Higginbotham, 33.
The men were among four people charged in the murder-for-hire death of L. S. Vowell, 71, of McCool.
Vowell was found shot to death in a chicken house in December of 2007.
Authorities say he had been shot three times in the head.
James Allen Higginbotham and J. C. Higginbotham were both sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty for their part in Vowell's death.