The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday asked an Oktibbeha County judge to explain why a post-conviction hearing ordered in 2004 has not been held for Willie Jerome Manning.
Manning was convicted in 1996 for the killings of Emmoline Jimmerson, 90, and Alberta Jordan, about 60, in Starkville. The women were beaten and their throats slashed during a robbery attempt in 1993.
The Supreme Court upheld his two death sentences in 2000.
In 2004, the Supreme Court said Manning could pursue post-conviction issues of whether prosecutors withheld certain evidence, whether prosecutors presented false evidence and whether Manning was denied effective assistance of counsel both at trial and on appeal.
Inmates use post-conviction petitions to argue they have found new evidence that could persuade a court to order a new trial.