Gray Requests New Trial
The 17-year-old from Jackson, convicted in February for the murder and robbery of Jackson locksmith Troy Mitchell as a judge for a new trial. Justin Gray’s attorney made four separate arguments. She said there was not sufficient evidence supporting the conviction, that the state failed to qualify the credentials of their expert witnesses, that the jury should not have been allowed to listen to a recording of the star witnesses testimony and that Gay’s sentence is excessive. The jury sentenced Gray to life in prison for the first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery convictions. The arguments were not enough to convince Judge Roger Page, who denied the request. Gray and co-defendant Amaele Hudson were both convicted in the October 2009 death of Mitchell, who was working on a car in Guardian Courts when he was shot and killed.