Jackson man loses appeal in double homicide

Jamal Johnson

JACKSON – (AP) The state Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Jamal Johnson for the killing two men in a south Jackson apartment in 2009.

Jamal Johnson was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Quintyn Wilson and Fred Smith. Johnson was sentenced to two life sentences in 2011 in Hinds County.

Johnson claimed that he found his friends’ bodies when he went to get a cell phone from the apartment. He blamed someone else for the shooting.

Prosecutors say Johnson and another man carried out the killings as part of a robbery for high-grade marijuana and money.

The Appeals Court said prosecutors had witnesses who heard Johnson brag about the slayings and who had heard Johnson threaten the victims.

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