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Lumberton Woman's Conviction Stands

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The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Lumberton woman sentenced to life in prison for murder in Lamar County.
    
Natasha Graham was convicted in 2012 of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2008 death of Tabitha Hartfield, also of Lumberton.  She was sentenced to life for murder and 20 years for conspiracy.
    
Prosecutors say the body of the 23-year-old Hartfield was found May 31, 2008, in a shallow grave deep in the woods of Lamar County.  Prosecutors say she had been strangled.
    
In her appeal, Graham argued prosecutors didn't prove she conspired with two other people to kill Hartfield.
    
The Supreme Court in Thursday's decision said Graham and the two others, while engaged in different acts, all pursued the common objective of Hartfield's death.

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