Hood Says Court Shouldn't Stay Execution

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi attorney general's office says the state Supreme Court should not grant a stay of execution for an inmate scheduled to die by injection Tuesday.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 4-4 earlier this week to deny a rehearing on previous arguments in the case of Jan Michael Brawner.

In court procedures, a tie vote usually means an earlier ruling stands.

But Brawner's lawyer filed a motion for rehearing and asked for a stay, saying there's precedent in Mississippi that tie votes in death penalty cases favor inmates.

The attorney general's office argued Friday that a 4-4 split is binding and that a petitioner can't file a second motion for rehearing.

Brawner was convicted of the killings of his 3-year-old daughter, his ex-wife, and her parents in Tate County.

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