Ad Spot

Starns to appeal murder conviction

By By Suzanne Monk / managing editor
April 23, 2002
Peggy Lynn Sloan Starns, convicted of murder in the July 1984 death of Angela Schnoor, has announced through her attorneys that she will file an appeal with the Mississippi State Supreme Court.
A Lauderdale County jury deliberated for 45 minutes Saturday before returning a guilty verdict in the case. Circuit Judge Larry Roberts imposed a mandatory life sentence.
At the time of the crime, Starns was married to Michael Schnoor. Angela was the child of a previous marriage to Debbie Boswell Pepple. The 4-year-old died of asphyxiation during a weekend visit to her father's house.
Three expert medical witnesses for the prosecution testified that the child was deliberately smothered.
Starns is represented by the law firm of Self, Jacob and Kieronski of Meridian.
Lead defense attorney Bill Jacob filed three separate motions on Saturday, directly after the jury's verdict: 1) a motion for a new trial; 2) a motion to set aside the jury's verdict; and 3) a notice to Lauderdale County Circuit Court that he intended to appeal his client's conviction. These kinds of motions are commonly filed prior to appeal to the high court.
Jacob also asked that his client be allowed to remain free on bond pending appeal. This request was denied; the Mississippi Legislature in 1997 made it illegal to grant bond in cases where a life sentence has been handed down.

Franklin County

New year brings official end to concealed carry permit requirement

Franklin County

Schools recognize Franklin County Board of Education

Columnists

Book Lovers Study Club submits 2022 reports

News

RHS alum receives Keller Key at UNA

Franklin County

Cattlemen convene for annual banquet

Belgreen Bulldogs

Belgreen hires football coach for fledgling program

News

City approves temporary fire department promotions

Franklin County

Commission decides to request bids for elevator maintenance

News

Whimsical window art brightens RPL

Belgreen Bulldogs

Belgreen gets football coach

Franklin County

Martin Luther King commemorative march takes place in downtown Russellville

Franklin County

New district attorney swears in

Franklin County

Cattlemen’s Association prepares for annual meeting

News

Russellville Public Library director speaks at Book Lovers meeting

Franklin County

Vina native returns to hometown church to share her story

Franklin County

Couple continues annual Christmas jail ministry

News

City officials reflect on old year, look toward new

Franklin County

MLK march returns to Russellville this year, set for Jan. 16

News

Council approves additional funding for Cramer Children’s Center

Franklin County

2022 REVIEW: Big news stories shape Franklin County

News

State association names RMS principal as middle school principal of year

News

REB plans customer appreciation event

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2022, Madeline Cooper

Galleries

Faces of Franklin County: A Walk Thru Bethlehem

x