Death row inmate appeals Mississippi conviction to US Supreme Court

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A Mississippi death row inmate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

Jason Lee Keller sentenced to death for the 2007 fatal shooting and robbery of a Harrison County convenience store owner. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Keller's conviction in February.

Keller, now 33, was convicted in 2009 for the slaying of 41-year-old Hat Nguyen, who was killed at the convenience store she owned.

Keller argued statements he gave police while being treated in the hospital for a gunshot wound were inadmissible. Two were thrown out at his trial; the third was allowed as evidence.

A majority of the Mississippi Supreme Court found the third statement was voluntarily given to authorities.

Mississippi prosecutors have until Oct. 8 to respond to Keller's petition.

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