Friday, May 3, 2013

Bulletin: Willie Manning; One step closer to death without DNA testing as closely divided Mississippi Supreme Court refuses to halt his execution. The Clarion-Ledger.

STORY: "Miss. Supreme Court denies appeal to halt Manning execution," by reporter Jack Elliot Jr., published by the Associated Press on May 2, 2013.

GIST: "The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to stop the execution of death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning, who was convicted of killing two college students two decades ago. The 5-4 decision came in an order Thursday. The court made no other comment. The Supreme Court split along the same lines when it denied Manning’s post-conviction appeal a week ago. The majority said there was substantial evidence to convict Manning. The four justices who sided with Manning said the DNA testing, if favorable to the inmate, would raise questions about his guilt. In his motion to stay the execution, Manning had said a delay would allow time for the court to reconsider its initial ruling on DNA testing. Manning had argued that the testing would show he didn’t kill two Mississippi State University students in 1992. He is scheduled to die by injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the state penitentiary at Parchman.........Manning’s attorney, David P. Voisin of Jackson, did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Voisin had said in court documents that Manning would ask Gov. Phil Bryant for clemency. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to questions about whether it had received a petition. Unless a federal court intervenes, Manning will be moved Monday from death row at the Mississippi Delta penitentiary to a holding cell near the execution room."

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