Man loses appeal in cemetery slaying

Published 9:08 am Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NATCHEZ (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Adrian Williams for his role in the 2011 slaying of a teenager in the Natchez City Cemetery.

Williams was convicted of murder in 2012 in Adams County. He was given a life sentence.

Williams was charged in the May 28, 2011, death of 17-year-old Quinton Brown.

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Prosecutors say a passerby discovered Brown’s body in the cemetery. Authorities say Brown had been shot five times.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday rejected Williams’ arguments that prosecutors didn’t prove his guilt.

The Appeals Court says Williams’ voluntary written confession to fatally shooting Brown was a strong piece of evidence supporting the jury’s guilty verdict.