COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Court of Appeals has dismissed a motion for post-conviction relied in a capital rape case in Lowndes County.
Thomas Taylor, 71, was sentenced to life in prison following a trial in 1998 for the sexual assault of an eight-year-old.
Taylor appealed the conviction, but it was upheld later that year.
In 2012, Taylor filed a motion of habeas corpus in Green County Circuit Court claiming his indictment was forged and altered and he was never convicted tried, convicted and sentenced.
The case was transferred to Lowndes County Circuit Court and the judge dismissed the motion.
Taylor appealed the lower court's decision to the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
On Tuesday, the appellate panel ruled it did not have the authority to rule on a post-conviction relief motion.