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JACKSON, Miss. (WCB) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference March 22 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Mississippi death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning.

Manning asked U.S. Supreme Court in December to listen to his arguments for a new trial. Manning has argued that defense attorneys should have done a better job and that black residents were inappropriately excluded from his Oktibbeha County jury.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned Manning down last July. The court said Manning filed his post-conviction claim too late to be heard in state courts.

Manning received two death sentences for the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students, Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller.

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  • Ed

    This is the problem in the country, inmates get to many appeals. Make sure he, and others got a fair trial then carry out the sentance. How long has he been on death row…..way too long, lets get it over with. We need to bring back public hangings……this would help reduce crime.

  • TLC

    @ Ed-First make sure the person accused really committed the crime before you call for bringing back public hangings! There was false testimony given @ the original trial and key witnesses were ignored and not even considered. He deserves a chance to prove his innonence just like you would want to happen if were you sitting on death row. Just recently there were 4-6 convictions of African-American males in the Golden Triangle area that DNA evidence caused to be acquitted. Afterwhich, the local DA couldn’t even muster up enough human decency to apologize for their wrongful convictions and imprisonment! You are talking about another person’s life here, have some human compassion and allow him the chance to defend himself. Everyone who is accussed of, and in many cases convicted of, a crime isn’t necessarily the actual person who committed the crime.

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