AG Suggests Alternative for Inmate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The attorney general's office has suggested to a federal judge that death row inmate James Billiot be transferred to a state prison in east Mississippi where he can remain incarcerated and get treatment for mental disability.

The suggestion was filed in U.S. District Court documents in Jackson this week.

On Nov. 3, U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee found Billiot mentally disabled, suspended his death sentence and ordered him moved within 60 days to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.

Attorney General Jim Hood has opposed the move, saying Whitfield's old buildings and inadequate security couldn't handle Billiot.

Billiot's attorneys say the hospital has housed and treated felons since the 1950s, and briefly held Billiot himself.

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