Jackson, MS—An execution date is being requested in the Willie Jerome Manning death row case, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Today, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case. As a result, the Attorney General is requesting that the Mississippi State Supreme Court set an execution date for Manning on or before April 24, 2013 (within 30 days) as required by state law.
Manning is accused of murdering two Mississippi State University students, Tiffany Miller and Jon Steckler, during the early morning hours of December 11, 1992. Tiffany had been shot twice in the face at close range. Jon was shot once in the back of the head and had extensive abrasions consistent with being run over. A jury found Manning guilty of both murders.
“The victims’ families have waited two decades for justice in this case,” said Attorney General Hood. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time.”