Court won’t hear Hull’s murder appeal

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Mississippi Court of Appeals has declined to re-hear the appeal of a Vicksburg man convicted of beating his live-in girlfriend to death in 2011.

The court on Tuesday declined to re-hear the depraved-heart murder appeal of Lorenzo Hull, 45, who is serving a 35-year-sentence in the death of Angela Andrews.

The appeal is the second for Hull, who successfully appealed his sentence as a habitual offender after the District Attorney’s Office failed to submit paperwork showing his prior conviction.

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In March, the Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld Hull’s 35-year sentence without the possibility for parole as a habitual offender

Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick issued an identical sentence in April but removed the reference to Hull being a habitual offender.

During trial, prosecutors said Hull beat Andrews unconscious Dec. 4, 2011. Warren County 911 records show Hull called to report Andrews was not breathing at 7:30 a.m. the next day.

Andrews died Dec. 6, 2011, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was 40.

Defense attorney John Bullard argued that Hull and Andrews were fighting when Andrews fell and injured her head on a block of concrete.

Andrews was a disabled U.S. Army veteran who had had been living with Hull for about six or seven months before her death, family members have said.

At Hull’s initial sentencing hearing, prosecutors said they had certified copies of sentencing orders for Hull’s two prior convictions for sale of a controlled substance in 1993 and possession of cocaine in 2002. However, the appeals court said prosecutors failed to introduce these documents into evidence or make them a part of the trial record.

The appeals court said in order to sentence a defendant as a habitual offender, the accused must be properly indicted as a habitual offender, the prosecution must provide evidence of prior offenses and the defendant must be allowed to challenge that evidence.

Hull is serving his sentence in Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.