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Willie Jerome Manning granted court hearing

Willie Jerome Manning (Mississippi Department of Corrections, WTVA)
Willie Jerome Manning (Mississippi Department of Corrections, WTVA)
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Updated: 7/25/2013 1:55 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a motion for post-conviction relief to Willie Jerome Manning.

Manning, 44, was granted a stay of execution just hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection May 7 for the killings of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller in Oktibbeha County in 1992.

Manning was arrested after he attempted to sell certain items belonging to the victims.

The FBI said in recent month that there were errors in agent's testimony about ballistics tests and hair analysis in the case.

In the ruling on Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court granted a motion by Manning's attorney to ask the circuit court for post-conviction relief and request DNA testing and fingerprint comparison.

Justices denied motions to set aside his convictions in the case and to hold a hearing on "proported" newly-discovered evidence.

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