The Mississippi Supreme Court last week refused to reconsider its earlier ruling affirming  the 2016 murder conviction of Samuel Amos in the shooting death of Marquai Ne'Ontae Kirkland in May 2014.

Amos, 42, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in what the state described during the trial as a “street gang-style killing” and his body being dumped near Northside Park.

A Neshoba County Circuit Court jury found Amos guilty of murder as a habitual offender during the July 2016 term.

Amos appealed the conviction to the Supreme Court, citing a jury instruction about an accomplice and a motion for mistrial, both of which were denied by the Circuit Court Judge.

Amos was indicted as a habitual offender because he had three other prior felonies, including one violent crime for strong armed robbery in another county.

Kirkland, 22, was shot one time in the head inside a 2002 Ford Explorer on Parkside Drive in May 2014, testimony showed.

His body was found a short time later in a nearby wooded area by a passerby.

The jury deliberated for just over three hours before returning a guilty verdict.