Murderer of 4-year old girl still trying to escape death penalty - FOX29 Lake Charles

Murderer of 4-year old girl still trying to escape death penalty

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Mary Jean Thigpen. (Source: Thigpen Family) Mary Jean Thigpen. (Source: Thigpen Family)

A convicted murderer and rapist from Calcasieu Parish continues his efforts to escape the death penalty.

In 2001, 4-year old Mary Jean Thigpen was playing outside when she was abducted by Jason Reeves.

He took the girl to his sister's grave, sodomized the child, then stabbed her 14 times.

Reeves has been on death row at Angola since 2004, but made a trip to court in Lake Charles on Tuesday for a post-conviction hearing.

He's now claiming his trial attorneys were ineffective and is asking for a new trial - without the death penalty.

Calcasieu Parish Assistant District Attorney Carla Sigler, who prosecuted Reeve, said at trial there was overwhelming evidence that Reeves was the killer. His defense attorney did the job, and Reeves had a fair trial.

 "This is a horrifying case involving the death and the gruesome sexual assault of a 4-year old child. There's not a lawyer on earth that could have gotten Jason Reeves off," she said.

Sigler said between legal proceedings and incarceration, we, the taxpayers, have already spent close to $1 million  on Reeves.

She added his appeals will likely continue for years. 

For some backstory, click HERE and HERE.

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