Mississippi Inmate Continues Appeals of 1976 Death Sentence

Richard Gerald Jordan
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Jackson, Miss. The longest-serving inmate on Mississippi's death row continues to chase appeals in a capital murder case dating back to 1976.

Richard Gerald Jordan's post-conviction petition was denied in June by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Jordan wanted to argue in Mississippi court the issues of prosecutorial vindictiveness and ineffective assistance of counsel during his 1998 sentencing in Harrison County.

Jordan, now 68, was convicted of kidnapping and killing Edwina Marta in Harrison County on Jan. 13, 1976. He was accused of collecting a $25,000 ransom from Marta's husband, then taking the woman to a wooded area and shooting her in the head.

Jordan was convicted of capital murder committed in the course of a kidnapping and was sentenced to death on four separate occasions.