Capital murder conviction upheld in Ark. business man's death

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Louisiana man in the 2007 shooting death of an Arkansas businessman at the Isle of Capri casino hotel in Biloxi.

    Weldon Leagea was sentenced to life in prison when he was convicted of capital murder in Harrison County in 2011.

    Leagea and Chana Wells, both of Baton Rouge, La., were charged in the slaying of Jim Johnson III of Hot Springs, Ark.

    Johnson was on a golfing vacation and when he failed to show up to play, Isle of Capri hotel security was called. Johnson was found dead in his hotel room.

    Wells pleaded guilty to armed robbery in the case and was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole.

    The Appeals Court denied Leagea's appeal issues Tuesday.

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