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KENNETH WILLIAM WHEAT v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

AUGUST 10, 1983

KENNETH WILLIAM WHEAT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



BEFORE BROOM, ROY NOBLE LEE and BOWLING

ROY NOBLE LEE, JUSTICE, FOR THE COURT:

Kenneth William Wheat was found guilty in the Circuit Court of Harrison County, Mississippi, on a charge of capital murder. The jury was unable to agree upon his sentence and the trial judge, Honorable Ruble Griffin, sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Wheat was indicted for the capital murder of Teresa C. Hayes Mayer and Joseph M. Mayer in separate indictments. He was tried first on the indictment for capital murder of Mrs. Mayer and was sentenced to life imprisonment December 7, 1979. Subsequently, he was tried for the capital murder of Joseph M. Mayer, was found guilty and was sentenced by the jury to death. That sentence and judgment were entered January 18, 1980.

 Joseph M. Mayer and Teresa C. Mayer were married July 28, 1979, in Paducah, Kentucky, and they went from there via Memphis, Tennessee, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on their honeymoon, arriving in Gulfport Sunday afternoon, July 29, 1979. They were not heard from again until ...


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