Improper Statements In Closing Argument In Mississippi

A party has broad latitude in closing argument. Wells v. State, 698 So. 2d 497, 506 (Miss. 1997). In determining whether a prosecutor's remarks necessitates reversal, the test entails whether the "natural and probable effect of the prosecuting attorney's improper argument created unjust prejudice against the accused resulting in a decision influenced by prejudice." Davis v. State, 530 So. 2d 694 (Miss. 1988). The trial judge is in the best position to determine the prejudicial effect of the objectionable comment; thus the trial court is entrusted with the discretion to determine whether an improper statement made during a closing argument warrants a mistrial. Alexander v. State, 602 So. 2d 1180, 1182 (Miss. 1992).