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Lowndes County murder conviction overturned

Derrick Nelson | Photo: MDOC

Nelson was sentenced to life in prison on May 18, 2016, for the shooting death of Willie Hood, Jr., 29, in 2013.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2018 4:14 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Derrick Nelson in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend.

Nelson was sentenced to life in prison on May 18, 2016, for the shooting death of Willie Hood, Jr., 29, in 2013.

Nelson’s conviction was three years to the day of Hood’s death.

Nelson argued the shooting was self-defense and appealed his conviction claiming the judge was wrong not to include an “imperfect self-defense” jury instruction before sending jurors out to deliberate.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals says the case will now go back to Lowndes County Circuit Court to be retired.

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