Mississippi will not execute three men on three consecutive days in June, after the state Supreme Court set execution dates a week apart for two men and declined to set a date for a third.
Attorney General Jim Hood's office had asked earlier this month that justices set execution dates for Henry Curtis Jackson, Jr., Gary Carl Simmons, Jr. and Jan Michael Brawner on June 12, 13 and
But the court set June 5 as the execution date for
Jackson on an 8-0 vote. It also set a June 12 date for Brawner on a 5-3 vote. Meanwhile, it ordered Hood's office to reply to Simmons' claims that his original lawyers were ineffective at trial and that
he never later had lawyers good enough to point out shortcomings