High Court Sets Execution Date

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a May 20 execution date for death row inmate Gerald James Holland. Holland, at 72, is the oldest inmate on death row.

Holland, of Adams County, was sentenced to death for raping, beating, stabbing and suffocating 15-year-old Krystal King in 1987.

The Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel said it needed more time to review Holland's case before filing a response to the attorney general's April 19 motion for the setting of an execution date.

The Supreme Court, in Thursday's order, says it saw no reason to delay setting an execution date.

An attorney for 16 Mississippi death row inmates has filed a lawsuit claiming a state office failed in its duty to provide adequate legal representation for prisoners' post-conviction appeals.

The lawsuit against the state was filed Thursday in Hinds County Chancery Court by Jackson attorney Jim Craig, who has handled dozens of death row appeals.

The lawsuit gives only one side of the legal argument. In it, Craig contends the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel is inadequately staffed and its attorneys are not versed in handling death row appeals.

A spokeswoman said Attorney General Jim Hood was in a meeting Thursday and was not immediately available for comment.


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  • by PDB Location: Union on May 8, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    They should have killed him within the same year he killed that poor innocent child. Our justice system takes way too long to kill the people on death row. They are wasting tax payers money holding these monsters in jail. This is like a free ride for them because they have no responsibilities. All they have to do is wait their time to die or to be released. Me heart goes out to the family of this poor child. Just know that God will always be with you and that your child is in a better place. And also know that she is always with you and looking down upon you.
  • by Derrell on May 6, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    i,ll bet hes crying like that poor girl did
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    Well did they take enough time? We have been taking care of this non human for over twenty years. I believe there should be a limit to the time they can appeal their case. The young girl didn't get twenty three more years to enjoy her life. What is wrong with this picture?
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    'The Supreme Court, in Thursday's order, says it saw no reason to delay setting an execution date.' The man was on 'death row' for 23 years, is that not a 'delay'???
  • by Ann Location: Baton Rouge on May 6, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    It's about time.
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