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Dwight Bowling pursues appeal of sentence

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 7/08/2014 6:36 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Attorney Christi McCoy says it's a line she's heard before as have others in the business.

"It's my lawyer's fault. That's just kind of part of it," said McCoy.

Who's pointing the finger?

Dwight Bowling, the former Smithville and Sulligent High School football coach.

He says McCoy is to blame for missing a deadline to appeal his 300 month prison sentence.

"At some point, lawyers always get the blame," added McCoy.

Bowling claims it was the duty of McCoy as his court-appointed attorney to file the motion to appeal.

Her version of the story is altogether different.

"He fired me openly and obviously and in the presence of others. He did so with great hostility and the threat of violence," said McCoy.

But on the stand, Bowling said it was possible he said she was fired, but he isn't sure. 

The question being raised by Bowling's counsel centers on McCoy's status as his attorney leading up to the deadline to file a motion to appeal.

Bowling's attorneys say it is McCoy's duty to remain his attorney until she was released through a court judgment.

Although that did not happen, McCoy says she was told Bowling was going to hire another attorney to handle the appeal.

Bowling's son Russ wouldn't talk afterward. But he testified that he would have never allowed his father to go without an attorney at any point and certainly not with a deadline to pursue an appeal.

U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson says he will issue a written opinion in a matter of days.
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