By JACK ELLIOTT JR.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Prosecutors want the Mississippi Supreme Court to reinstate the conviction of Jeffrey Dale Beecham, who won a new trial on charges that he was intoxicated when he caused a 2007 accident in DeSoto County in which an elderly woman died.
Prosecutors say Beecham's blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit of 0.08%.
The state Court of Appeals last year ordered a new trial for Beecham on grounds that his attorney was not allowed to question the doctor who prepared Freda Lovelace's death certificate. Beecham - and the Appeals Court agreed - claimed it was a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to confront his accusers.
Over the years, the Supreme Court has ruled on dozens of cases addressing Sixth Amendment claims.
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