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Crawford files more appeals to avoid death penalty

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to let him continue his post-conviction appeals.

Crawford's attorneys filed the motion Tuesday. It came one day after Attorney General Jim Hood asked the court to set an execution date of March 26 for Crawford.

In his motion, Crawford says he has more constitutional arguments to make in court.

Crawford was sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder and rape of Northeast Mississippi Community College student Kristy Ray in rural Tippah County. Crawford told authorities he did not remember the incident but later led them to the body buried in leaves in a wooded area.

State and federal courts have rejected Crawford's arguments that he denied his constitutional right to attorney during a mental examination in 1993.

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