Supreme Court won’t hear appeal in Natchez case

Published 12:17 am Tuesday, March 22, 2011

JACKSON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from James Winding, who was convicted in Adams County in 2003 of kidnapping and sexual battery.

Winding was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the sexual assault took place on Sept. 28, 2002, in rural Wilkinson County near the intersection of Doloroso Loop Road and Sarah Jensen Road. They say Winding had abducted the victim at gunpoint near Natchez High School.

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After the assault, prosecutors say Winding left the victim naked at the scene. The victim walked about half a mile to a house and asked for help.

Mississippi courts upheld his convictions and denied his post-conviction claims last year.

An Adams County jury convicted Winding and Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced him to the maximum penalty.

The victim took the stand during the 2003 trial, delivering strong testimony against Winding, attorneys said at the time.

The jury delivered it’s verdict less than 10 hours after the trial began.