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Johnson asks US Supreme Court to grant him a new trial in Clay County slaying

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Christopher Lashon Johnson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant him a new trial in a Clay County, Mississippi, slaying.

Johnson filed the appeal after the Mississippi Supreme Court denied his arguments that attorney didn't go a good job. The Mississippi court said in October that Johnson waited too long to file the appeal.

Johnson was convicted in 2004 of murder and sentenced to life in prison for firing into a crowd and killing Jermaine Deloach of Mantee at North Mississippi Motor Sports Racetrack in 2002.

Prosecutors say Johnson became angry when he didn't win a trophy during a sound system contest and fired shots into the crowd.

The Mississippi Supreme Court says Johnson had three years after his conviction to file the appeal under state law and didn't.

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