By REGGIE ROSS
On Wednesday, a United States Supreme Court hearing involving an area trial gained national attention in the case of a Winona man, and the district attorney for the fifth district.
The hearing involved the jury selection pattern used by District Attorney Doug Evans in the capital murder case of Curtis Flowers.
Starting in 1997, Evans has tried Flowers six times for the same crime — the death of four people at Winona’s Tardy Furniture store.
Three times, Flowers’ guilty convictions were thrown out by the Mississippi Supreme Court for prosecutorial misconduct, including racial discrimination during jury selection, which is unconstitutional. Twice, the trials ended with hung juries.
Flowers’ sixth trial ended with a guilty conviction that still stands.
The Supreme Court Justices are expected to release their decision before the end of this term in June.
Evans remained in Grenada during the proceedings but said he kept the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office in close communication.
“I’ve been working back and forth with them throughout the week,” Evans said. “I think if they follow the law, there won’t be a problem.”