JACKSON, MS (abc24.com) - A pardoned killer from Mississippi will not return to the state without a fight.
The lawyer representing Joseph Ozment said his client will not attend a hearing this week on the constitutionality of former governor Haley Barbor's more than 200 pardons.
Ozment is currently in Wyoming. He was served with papers last week, telling him to appear in court in Mississippi. His lawyer said there's no reason Ozment needs to be there since he's not a fugitive.
Ozment was convicted in 1994 of killing a man in a robbery in Desoto County. He was one of four murders pardoned by Barbour in January who had worked as trustees at the governor's mansion.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is challenging the pardons, claiming a required 30-day public notice was not issued for each case.