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Ex-nurse granted bond as she appeals manslaughter conviction

August 17, 2018

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi jail nurse convicted in a diabetic inmate’s death has been granted bond while she appeals the verdict.

News outlets report former George County jail nurse Carmon Sue Brannan was granted the $200,000 bond by a special judge Thursday. Brannan was convicted of manslaughter in William Joel Dixon’s death and sentenced to 15 years in prison. She remains in custody.

Dixon went a week without insulin before he died in 2014. Prosecutors say Brannon denied him treatment.

Defense attorneys say in a motion filed last week the charge against her cannot be proved because prosecutors called it misdemeanor manslaughter and likely confused jurors. They say manslaughter is a felony and cannot be tried as a lesser offense.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence says the defense didn’t question the indictment until now.

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