Louisiana Supreme Court upholds death sentence of convict
LAKE CHARLES - The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted in the rape and murder of a 4-year-old girl.
The state Supreme Court announced Monday that it upheld a 14th Judicial District Court ruling that determined that Jason M. Reeves does not suffer from an intellectual disability. The condition would have prevented his execution.
Reeves was convicted in 2004 of abducting, raping and killing 4-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen in 2001. Then-District Attorney Rick Bryant said DNA from the semen taken from Thigpen's body matched Reeves' DNA.
Reeves was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2010. A judge signed a death warrant in 2012.
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