Appeal Denied in 1996 Choctaw Triple Murder


A man who shot three members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians when he was 14 has lost his appeal aimed at making him eligible for parole.   Kenneth Clemons and his brother murdered Cecil Amos, Frankie Amos and Shirley Ann Davis in a robbery attempt in 1996 at the Nanih Waiya cave.  One of the victims was a paraplegic.   A jury in Neshoba County found Clemons guilty and he got three sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Although he confessed to the murders, Clemons appealed, arguing that because of his age when he committed the crime, he should have been given a chance at parole.  But, in a ruling Tuesday, the State Court of Appeals disagreed, and his sentences were upheld.