Meridian Star

June 24, 2013

US Supreme Court declines to hear Greenville case

The Associated Press
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the post-conviction appeal of a Greenville man convicted of killing his ex-wife in 2005.

Forrest Thomas III pleaded guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping in 2007 in Washington County.

Prosecutors say Kimberly Norton of Greenville was shot to death on June 7, 2005, at her home. Her body was found three days later off a county road.

The kidnapping charge stemmed from Thomas taking his children from his ex-wife's home.

In his post-conviction appeal, Thomas said his attorney should have done a better job in advising him about a guilty plea. The state Court of Appeals ruled in 2012 that Thomas never raised that issue during his sentencing and the consequences of his plea were explained to him.