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Oktibbeha County Murder Conviction Upheld

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of an Oktibbeha County woman in the shooting death of her husband.

Verina Childs was convicted of murder in 2011 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Douglas Childs was shot to death in 2009 while he and wife were hunting. They say a bullet recovered from the body matched her rifle. Verina Childs argued she was a home when the shooting occurred because she had gotten sick while out in the woods. She said she learned of her husband’s death when a neighbor came by.

The Supreme Court found Thursday that Verina Childs offered no evidence to support her hunting accident theory and prosecutors proved murder in what was a circumstantial evidence case.