Monday, April 28, 2014

Bulletin: Willie Manning; The Associated Press reports that his case is back before Mississippi Supreme Court pursuing claims that prosecutors withheld evidence and presented false evidence. He argues that DNA tests will prove him innocent in a separate case.

STORY: "Death-row inmate Willie Jerome Manning has case back before Mississippi Supreme Court," published by Associated Press on April 26, 2014.

GIST: "Attorneys for death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning are arguing again that Manning deserves a new trial for killing two sisters in 1993 in Starkville. Manning is appealing an Oktibbeha County judge's denial of his post-conviction challenges related to evidence in his trial and his lawyer's performance. In 1996, Manning was convicted and sentenced to death in the slayings of Emmoline Jimmerson, 90, and her daughter, Alberta Jordan, 60, during a robbery attempt at their Starkville apartment in 1993. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Manning's conviction and two death sentences in 2000. But four years later, the high court granted Manning approval to pursue three post-conviction claims: that prosecutors withheld evidence; that they presented false evidence; and that Manning was denied effective counsel at trial and on appeal.........In May 2013, Manning had been set for lethal injection in a separate case -- the December 1992 slayings of Mississippi State University students Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller. The state Supreme Court blocked the execution hours before it was scheduled. Justices didn't explain their action, but Manning had argued that DNA tests would prove him innocent. That case was sent back to Oktibbeha County."

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