Mississippi sets two execution dates







The Mississippi Supreme Court has set execution dates for death row inmates Larry Matthew Puckett and William Gerald Mitchell.

The court Thursday set an execution date of March 20 for Puckett and March 22 for Mitchell.

Both men had appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court turned down in February. Attorney General Jim Hood said both men are now out of appeals.

The executions will be at 6 p.m. at the state penitentiary at Parchman. Mississippi executions are by lethal injection.

Puckett was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996 for the sexual assault and beating death of a woman in her Forrest County home. Puckett was convicted in the 1995 death of Rhonda Griffis, 28, of the Sunrise community. Authorities said Griffis died from blows to the head.

Mitchell was sentenced to death in 1998 in Harrison County for the killing of Patty Milliken, a 38-year-old store clerk, on the night of Nov. 21, 1995. Authorities said Mitchell took Milliken from the store where she worked, brought her under the north end of the Popp’s Ferry Road bridge and killed her by beating her and driving his car over the top half of her body.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Mitchell’s post-conviction petition. Mitchell had sought a mental evaluation. The justices said the issue of Mitchell’s mental retardation had been rejected by several courts.


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