Mississippi Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in child molestation case


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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Kiln man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for molesting a 5-year-old girl.

The state Court of Appeals last year upheld Robert Deyarmett's conviction on two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes. He was convicted in 2012 in Hancock County. The Supreme Court on Thursday denied Deyarmett's petition to hear the case.

Prosecutors say Deyarmett was arrested April 3, 2011, the day after he inappropriately touched the girl, who was a family acquaintance. The child testified during the trial.

Prosecutors say a crime lab expert testified that the seminal fluid located on the child's clothing was a match to the DNA of Deyarmett.

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