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Hearing underway in Dwight Bowling appeal

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 7/08/2014 12:57 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- The man who pleaded guilty to two counts of enticement of a minor and witness tampering is back in federal court.

Dwight Bowling is trying to pave the way to an appeal of his 300 month prison sentence.

Bowling blames his former attorney Christi McCoy of Oxford.

Bowling pleaded guilty back in April 2011. Bowling decided to appeal and says his federally appointed attorney knew that was his wish.

McCoy paints an entirely different picture of their understanding.

She says Bowling became infuriated with her and fired her amid a barrage of vulgarities.

McCoy says it was made very clear she was not to file anything further on his behalf.

She did go through legal channels to help secure him another court-appointed attorney and that was to be the end of the matter in her eyes.

Bowling's present legal counsel says McCoy was never released as counsel and should acknowledge that. In doing so, that is hoped to have Bowling's appeal considered before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A case such as this is a rare one according to McCoy and certainly a first for her.

Court resumes at 1:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

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