Friday, May 17, 2013

Bulletin: Willie Manning's second death penalty case awaiting judge's decision; The Associated Press. (Must Read; HL).

STORY: "Willie Manning's second death penalty case awaiting judge's decision," published by the Associated Press on May 17, 2013.

GIST: "Willie Jerome Manning, who won a stay of execution in one capital case, waits to hear if an Oktibbeha County judge agrees he was denied a fair trial in 1996 when he was sentenced to death for the slayings of two women. The judge has promised a decision by the end of June. The Mississippi Supreme Court will have the final say on whether the death sentence will stand. On May 7, Manning was within hours of being executed for the fatal shootings of two Mississippi State University students when the state Supreme Court ordered a reprieve. The Supreme Court has not said why it issued the stay. Manning had argued DNA testing would prove him innocent. The execution overshadowed the pending case in Oktibbeha County.........The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Manning's conviction and death sentences in 2000. In 2004, the Supreme Court gave Manning limited approval to try to convince a judge he deserved a new trial. In his request to the Supreme Court to pursue a post-conviction claim, Manning cited 16 issues. The justices allowed three -- whether prosecutors withheld certain evidence, whether prosecutors presented false evidence and whether Manning was denied effective assistance of counsel at trial and on appeal. Oktibbeha County Circuit Judge Lee Howard conducted hearings on the post-conviction petition in January and April 2011. In February 2013, the Supreme Court asked Howard why no ruling had been issued. In his response, the judge said his decision had been delayed because lawyers on both sides asked for more time to file briefs, which he had to review while continuing his own court schedule. Howard asked the Supreme Court to give him until June 28 to file his ruling on Manning's post-conviction petition."

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