Lawyers Seek to Stop Execution

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Prosecutors have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to deny a petition from defense lawyers seeking to stop a scheduled execution.

Former butcher, Gary Carl Simmons, Jr., was convicted of dismembering a man over a drug debt and raping a woman he locked in a metal box.

The attorney general's office filed documents with the court Wednesday saying Simmons has provided no new evidence to support canceling the execution.

The Supreme Court gave Simmons' time to reply to the attorney general's filing.

Simmons is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the 1996 killing of Jeffery Wolfe, whose body was found in pieces in a Jackson County bayou. Simmons also was convicted of kidnapping and raping Wolfe's friend and sentenced to life on those charges.

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