JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys for death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday to stop his execution and allow him to seek post-conviction DNA testing of evidence from the investigation into the slayings of two college students.
Manning and his attorneys also are awaiting a decision from Gov. Phil Bryant on whether Manning will get a reprieve from Tuesday’s scheduled execution.
The Mississippi Supreme Court, in earlier separate identical 5-4 rulings, declined to grant Manning time for the tests and to stop his execution.
Manning was handed two death sentences for the slayings of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, whose bodies were discovered in rural Oktibbeha County in 1992. Each had been shot.
Prosecutors said Manning was arrested after trying to sell some items belonging to the victims.