Four people were murdered in a Mississippi furniture store in 1996. A man was arrested and tried for murder. After six trials, the case is on appeal again. Since the issue on appeal revolves around racial bias in jury selection, a decision may affect criminal cases in Texas as well.
Previous convictions were overturned on appeal due or resulted in a hung jury. One conviction was overturned for jury bias, when the prosecutor dismissed 15 African Americans from the jury pool. The present case contains the same issue. According to researchers, the district attorney in question has a long habit of dismissing African Americans from the jury pool when the defendant is black.