High Court Declines Death Row Hearings

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals in two death penalty cases from Mississippi.

The high court Monday turned back appeals for Paul E. Woodward and Gerald James Holland.

Woodward was convicted in Perry County in the 1986 slaying of volunteer Youth Court worker Rhonda Crane.

Woodward claimed his rights were violated when a Mississippi court sent him to a state hospital for a mental evaluation rather than letting him be examined by an independent expert.

Holland was convicted in Harrison County for the 1987 death of 15-year-old Krystal King.

Holland claimed a trial judge erred in denying him the right to counter evidence of rape raised by prosecutors during the trial's sentencing phase.

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