Coleman’s murder conviction upheld

Coleman

JACKSON COUNTY

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the 2008 murder conviction of Nathaniel Coleman, a Moss Point man imprisoned for life for his role in the Oct. 13, 2006, shooting death of Yvette Dott, 19, during a botched burglary attempt in Moss Point.

Coleman was 19 years old when he went to trial in Jackson County before Circuit Judge Dale Harkey. A jury convicted him of murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

In the appeal Coleman argued he was denied effective counsel at trial and prosecutors did not prove him guilty.

The higher court upheld the conviction March 2.

Coleman and brothers Latarance Barnes and Nicholas Barnes were charged in the killing at a home on Kimberly Drive. Nicholas Barnes later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in exchange for his testimony at his brother’s trial.

In 2006 a Jackson County jury had acquitted Coleman of murder in the July 16, 2005, shooting death of Nalder Worthy outside the Lil Super store on Mississippi 63 in Moss Point.

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

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