Mississippi Proceeds with Executions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The 62-year-old Woodward's execution was conducted Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Parchman. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tara Booth says Woodward expired at 6:39 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

It is one of two executions set in as many days. Gerald James Holland is scheduled to be executed Thursday at 6 p.m.

Woodward was convicted of capital murder in 1987 in the death of Rhonda Crane, a Jackson County Youth Court volunteer.

Prosecutors have said Crane was driving in July 1986 to join her parents for a family camping trip when Woodward used his log truck to force her to stop south of New Augusta.

A jury found Woodward guilty of kidnapping and raping Crane, then shooting her to death.

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  • by Suzanne on May 21, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    Dana, I agree with you.
  • by justice for all Location: somewhere in MS on May 21, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    Sad to say many people who commit these crimes are released into society to repeat their crimes. It has happened over & over again. It is also a sad occasion for anyone to have to die. None of us deserve mercy, but God granted us mercy by sending us Jesus. That's not a reason to let murderers go on killing & re-offending. They have a choice & just choose to do wrong. Just a life sentence makes no guarantee that the person gets "life". There are too many that break out or get reduced sentences or get out on parole. I really don't understand justice for all. The ones who are on death row stay there too long. The appeals process should be much shorter. The victims didn't get ANY appeals. I empathize with the families who lost their loved ones as a victim to these people. But I also realize that these 2 people also have families. No one really wins in situations like this. And, it's NOT about revenge.
  • by Dana on May 21, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    I am glad to see that the victims family has finally recieved justice. I would like to know if it happened to anonymous would they still feel the same way. I think even though its a human life when you do unspeakable actions that takes the human away. Now if we could just fix the justice system when it comes to rapist and child molesters. The should never see the light of day. The will be repeat offenders and should die for what they do....
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    While I support the death penalty, please remember that it was another life that was taken.My heart goes out the the families of victims.But all life is sacred and we shouldn't as a society take it lightly when we are forced by the actions of an individual to end his life.
  • by Wellspring of Knowlege Location: Lauderdale County on May 21, 2010 at 12:33 AM
    That's TWO that won't be "repeat offenders". Now bring back "the CHAMBER" and "Ol Sparky" and install an express lane.
  • by Jeff Dean Location: Little Rock, MS on May 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    I'm glad to see that justice has been done for his victim and her loved ones left behind to suffer their loss. I'm just sorry it has taken 24 years for this justice to have been carried out.
  • by rooster Location: meridian on May 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    Still took far too long to carry out his sentence.
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on May 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    Next apeal hearing will be in front of God
  • by BRENT on May 20, 2010 at 09:09 AM
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