JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - An Oktibbeha County man has lost an attempt to have his life sentences as a habitual offender overturned on appeal.
Akeem Rasheed, 48, is serving two life sentences for burglary and aggravated assault.
He was convicted by a jury of kicking in the door of the home of the mother of his child and stabbing a man who was inside in the back in 2014.
Rasheed filed an appeal with the Mississippi Court of Appeals claiming he should have been able to instruct the jury about self-defense.
In August, the court ruled Rasheed testified at trial he did not stab the man. Judges also ruled because evidence didn't support the self-defense claim the trial judge was not wrong when he denied the instruction.
He raised other issues the court said did not meet the bar to require a new trial.
On Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied a request to review his case.