Court orders release of death row inmate’s records

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered the release of medical records of death row inmate Robert Simon Jr. related to an alleged fall that defense attorneys contend has rendered Simon incompetent to be executed.

In an order Thursday, the court gave the Department of Corrections until Monday to provide records to the attorney general’s office and the defense.

The attorney general had sought an April 20 execution date. The Supreme Court said it would not rule on any motions until the medical issue is resolved.

Simon’s attorneys say Simon can’t understand his case and has trouble carrying on conversations.

Simon was sentenced to death for the killings of three members of a Quitman County family. He got a life sentence in the death of a fourth family member.

 

Two page order: http://www.mssc.state.ms.us/Images/Orders/700_58883.pdf

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