JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has asked the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court to explain why a post-conviction relief hearing ordered for Willie Jerome Manning in 2004 has not been held.
The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the hearing after hearing the appeal of Manning's conviction and death sentence in the murders of Emmoline Jimmerson and Alberta Jordan.
Both were found dead in an apartment at Brooksville Garden Apartments on January 18, 1993.
Police found no signs of forced entry, and the apartment was not ransacked.
Both women had been beaten about the head, and their throats were slashed.
In his appeal, Manning claims prosecutors withheld evidence, presented false evidence, and that he didn't receive affective counsel at his trial in 1994.
Attorney General Jim Hood had ask the state's highest court to stay the hearing because the U. S. Supreme Court was asked to review Manning's case and a refusal to hear it would bring any appeals to a conclusion.
The state's highest court denied the stay last November.