By REGGIE ROSS
District Attorney Doug Evans said the case of Curtis Flowers will have to be retried – a seventh time – after a conviction was overturned by the United States Supreme Court on Friday.
Flowers is accused of killing four people in the Tardy Furniture Store in Winona in July 1996.
The Supreme Court threw out the murder conviction and death sentence for Flowers because of a lack of African Americans on the jury.
The court’s 7-2 decision Friday says the removal of black prospective jurors violated Flowers’ rights.
“He will have to be retried,” Evans said. “The decision they made sent it back to have another trial. At this point, I haven’t thought much other than that. I have to say I was surprised by the decision.”