Mississippi grants stay of controversial execution within hours
When Willie Manning was sentenced to death in Mississippi in 1994, DNA science was not where it is today. In fact, DNA evidence used to convict the man of the shooting deaths of two Mississippi State University students -- based on a hair sample -- have been deemed "invalid" by the Justice Department and the FBI. Nonetheless, Manning was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday. With just hours to spare, the Mississippi Supreme Court moved to delay his execution indefinitely. TheAP reported:
The court said the execution should be delayed until it rules further on the case.
Manning's lawyers had claimed DNA evidence would clear him of the killings.
The FBI has said in recent days that there were errors in an agents' testimony about ballistics tests and hair analysis in the case.