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Miss. AG: Test wouldn't exonerate death row inmate

Willie Jerome Manning (Mississippi Department of Corrections, WTVA)
Willie Jerome Manning (Mississippi Department of Corrections, WTVA)
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Updated: 5/04/2013 3:23 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a new round of DNA testing on evidence collected against death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning would not exonerate him in the 1992 deaths of two students.
 
The 44-year-old Manning is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
 
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the execution, in a 5-4 decision.
 
Manning's lawyers have asked Gov. Phil Bryant for a stay. Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock said Friday that the governor is reviewing the case.
 
Manning's attorney says he's awaiting a decision by Bryant before considering new appeals.
 
Manning was handed two death sentences for the slayings of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, whose bodies were discovered in rural Oktibbeha County on Dec. 11, 1992. Both were shot.
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