Hood May Appeal Halting of Two Executions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he's likely to appeal federal court decisions blocking the eventual executions of two death row inmates.

James Billiot slaughtered his family with a sledgehammer on Thanksgiving Day 1981.

U.S. District Judge Tom Lee said Billiot's severe delusions make him incompetent for execution because he doesn't believe he'll die.

U.S. District Judge Allen Pepper ruled William Wiley should not be executed for the 1981 killing of a store owner and the blinding of his daughter because he's mentally retarded.

Hood says both findings of mental incompetence last week go against Mississippi state court rulings. The attorney general said he hopes to present evidence that will change the judges' minds.

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  • by outraged Location: Mississippi on Nov 10, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    He may be delusional now but I bet he knew exactly what he was doing when he commited the crime. My question is WHY have we wasted so much money on him?
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