Appeals Court to hear slaying case

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 7, 2009

JACKSON (AP) — A man convicted in the slayings of his former girlfriend and another man will seek a new trial in arguments Sept. 30 before the state Court of Appeals.

The case involving Terry Madden, of Webb, is among dozens the Appeals Court will consider during the September-October term.

Madden was convicted of two counts of murder in Tunica County in 2008 and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

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The bodies of Laura Willis, 53, who had recently moved to Tunica County, and Andy McCorkele, 48, of Glendora, were found July 14, 2007, in their vehicles in a field near Robinsonville. Both died of gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors said Willis and Madden had been in a relationship for about 15 years and that Willis and McCorkele were acquaintances.

Madden claimed he was at his home in Webb at the time of the slayings, according to court records.

In another case, the Appeals Court will hear an appeal from the city of Hattiesburg on Sept. 23 from an adverse ruling in a zoning dispute.

According to court records, Forrest County Circuit Judge Roger T. Clark in 2008 ruled in favor of J.W. McArthur and development company Kenney Properties Inc. of Raleigh, N.C. in a dispute over the construction of more apartments in a Hattiesburg neighborhood.

McArthur and the development company had filed an appeal of an Aug. 7, 2007, decision by the city council to deny a zoning change for a 30-acre tract of land where they wanted to build the departments.

Local residents had protested the development, saying their neighborhood’s integrity and character are being encroached by a never-ending parade of apartment developments.

Clark said the developers presented convincing evidence that the character of the neighborhood has already changed and that more apartments were needed in the city based on a study that predicted student housing needs would increase over the next few years in Hattiesburg.

City officials had contended an apartment market survey showed Hattiesburg could only absorb 167 new apartments each year. Then, there were 1,200 apartments under construction in Hattiesburg, according to city officials.

The Appeals Court will decide a number of cases based on briefs filed by attorneys rather than hearing oral arguments.

Among them is Karrie Glenn’s appeal of her 2008 conviction in Jackson County for the shooting death of her husband. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors alleged Glenn orchestrated and aided in the 1998 shooting death of her husband, Tony Glenn. They said Karrie Glenn asked a man to kill her husband, and gave him the gun to do it. Prosecutors said she later hid the weapon in her car.

David Stokes pleaded guilty in 2007 to manslaughter. He testified that he shot Tony Glenn because Karrie Glenn asked him to.

Among other cases are:

— Keir D. Saunders’ appeal of his 2008 conviction in the shooting death of his grandmother. Saunders was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A jury convicted Sanders of murder in the Dec. 29, 1985 death of his grandmother, Elma Crawford, in her Tishomingo County home. The jury found Sanders not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of his grandfather, W.D. Crawford.

— Paul Graves Jr.’s appeal of his manslaughter conviction in Harrison County in the 2003 fatal shooting of his brother in Gulfport. Graves was sentenced in 2008 to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors said A.C. Graves was shot in the neck in the yard of his family’s Gulfport home during an argument.