The Mississippi Supreme Court has given attorneys for death row inmate Benny Joe Stevens until April 11 to file briefs opposing the setting of an execution date.
Attorney General Jim Hood petitioned the court on Monday to set a May 4 execution date for Stevens. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Stevens’ appeal.
Stevens was sentenced to death in 1999 in the slaying of four people in the Foxworth community of Marion County. Among those killed were Stevens’ former wife and their 11-year-old son. Stevens’ 16-year-old daughter was wounded but escaped from the mobile home.