JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Defense lawyers are seeking to question a district attorney who has tried a man six times in a disputed death penalty case.
In a brief filed last week, that's among many pieces of evidence that Curtis Flowers' lawyers demanded access to as Flowers makes a new appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
After five previous trials featuring hung juries or overturned convictions, Flowers was convicted and sentenced to death in a sixth trial in 2010 for killing four people at a Winona furniture store in 1996.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a separate appeal claiming Flowers' conviction should be overturned because prosecutors improperly excluded black jurors.
Reporting by American Public Media, including a key witness who recanted his testimony in an interview, has focused new attention on Flowers' case.