Mississippi Supreme Court Won't Halt Executions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Paul Everette Woodward is to be executed Wednesday at the State Penitentiary at Parchman. Gerald James Holland is to be put to death Thursday.

Defense attorneys for both inmates had filed papers with the court seeking to halt the execution. Justices issued orders Monday either denying or dismissing the motions.

Woodward, who's now 62, was sentenced to death for the 1986 rape and shooting death of 24-year-old Rhonda Crane of Escatawpa.

Holland, of Adams County, was sentenced to death for raping and killing 15-year-old Krystal King in 1987. Now 72, Holland is the oldest death-row inmate in Mississippi.


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  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    Woodard lived on death row for 24 years-Rhonda was 24 when he killed her-boy that's real justice ain't it!!It is a shame to know that they feel no pain in their death. He should have been killed a long time ago- but knowing Rhonda as we all did, she would have wanted him ready to meet the Lord-She was a phenomenal person who saw nothing but good in everyone--I would have much rather seen HER picture than have to look at his evil face!! GOOD RIDDANCE!!
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on May 19, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    I say, if these lawyers only get paid if they win these appeals, they wouldn't keep putting in for them. It is time for these two to go. Let their next appeal be when they stand before God.
  • by Amanda Location: Meridian on May 19, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    I truly wish that these two would feel pain when the needle goes in, but they won't. They absolutely deserve to die. Yeah for the Mississippi Supreme Court!!!!!!!!!!
  • by hammer Location: MS. on May 19, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    The only question I have is why did it take so long? They both should have met their ends 20 yrs. ago.
  • by Armed Homeowner Location: Philly on May 18, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    Its a shame that the taxpayers had to house,feed and provide medical services to dead men walking for so many years.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    well at least they got to live to get old the ones they killed didn't they should have been put to death years ago instead of tax payers having to take care of them ..........
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