JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Mississippi attorney general's office has until Jan. 10 to respond to a death row inmate's ongoing effort to win a new trial for the killing of two university students in 1992.
On Dec. 3, Willie Jerome Manning asked U.S. Supreme Court to listen to his arguments for a new trial. The court gave Attorney General Jim Hood until Jan. 10 to respond to Manning's request.
Manning, now 44, received two death sentences for the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students, Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller.
On Dec. 11, 1992, the bodies of Miller and Steckler were discovered in rural Oktibbeha County. Both students had been shot to death. Prosecutors say Manning was arrested after he attempted to sell certain items belonging to the victims.