Hansen Execution Looms

Death Penalty
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Mississippi is only hours away from executing its first inmate in 13 years. The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman has been put on routine lockdown. Death row inmate Tracy Alan Hansen has requested a seafood dinner as his last meal. He is scheduled to be given a lethal injection at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Now that the Mississippi Supreme Court and Gov. Ronnie Musgrove have said the execution should go forward, Hansen's last hope for clemency remains with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hansen was sentenced to die in 1987 for the shooting death of state trooper Bruce Ladner. Ladner was shot after stopping Hansen's car on Interstate 10 for a traffic violation. Hansen's female companion was sentenced to life in prison.

Hansen's attorneys have filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the original indictment. Other appeals are possible.

The first and last inmates executed in Mississippi since 1954. Gerald A. Gallego, 26, from California, was executed March 3, 1955. He was sentenced to death for the 1954
Murder of Ocean Springs Police Officer Ernest Beauguez. Beauguez reportedly had stopped Gallego's car but Callego got the upper hand, drove the officer to secluded area in the officer's car and shot him in the head.

Leo Edwards, 36, a New Orleans native, was executed June 21, 1989. He was sentenced to death for the 1980 robbery/slaying of Jackson convenience store clerk Linzy Don Dixon. The robbery netted $11. Dixon was gunned down while he was talking on the telephone. Edwards was an escapee from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola at the time he went on a spree of robberies and killings in central Mississippi.