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Jackson woman who killed another with her car has conviction upheld

Brittany Carter (Photo courtesy of MDOC)

The conviction has been upheld for a Jackson woman who killed another woman with her car.

Back in 2017, Brittany Carter purposefully struck Chornell Mayfield with her vehicle, leaving Mayfield in a state of comatose for two years before dying in 2019. According to court records, the incident that took place on Weeks Street was the culmination of a “contentious and ongoing feud” between the two women as Carter’s sister, Ashley, and Mayfield had children by the same man.

In November 2022, Carter was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 10 years suspended. This week, Carter’s attorney argued in front of the Mississippi Court of Appeals that there was insufficient evidence presented at trial and their client had acted in self-defense. The court heard the argument but ultimately disagreed in a ruling passed down Thursday.

“In the present case, the jury was properly instructed on the issue of self-defense, and having obviously found the State’s proof on this issue more credible, the jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that Carter did not act in necessary delf-defense,” the judges wrote. “After reviewing the record, we find no error by the trial court. Therefore, Carter’s conviction and sentence for second-degree murder are affirmed.”

During proceedings, prosecutors also revealed that Carter was sentenced to a five-year term on an unrelated charge of possession of a stolen firearm, meaning she will be behind bars for another 32 years. Thursday’s decision can be read in its entirety here.

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