Group Protests Executions

By: WLBT-TV
By: WLBT-TV

Thousands of people have signed an online petition seeking to block the execution of death row inmate, Larry Matthew Puckett.

He is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Puckett was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing his former boss' wife when he was 18 years old.

His lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court last week to block the execution.

A group opposed to capital punishment spoke out Monday at the state capitol.

Mississippians Educating for Smart Justice want Gov. Phil Bryant to grant clemency to Puckett, as well as condemned killer, William Mitchell, who is also scheduled for execution this week.

"Neither of these men, William Mitchell or Matt Puckett, have had a fair trial," said attorney Jim Craig. "Neither of them have had a real appeal. It's time to quit hiding behind this fraud and accept the fact that our system is deeply flawed. And these two cases prove it."

As of Monday, there were nearly 4500 electronic signatures on a petition called 'Save Matt Puckett: stop an innocent man from being executed.'


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  • by Rickety Location: Meridian on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM
    If they did what they did and jury of there peers convicted them they deserve the ultimate punishment which should be death. Maybe if we did this more often less people would be killed
  • by bearhunter on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM
    the old testament laws do not get tossed aside because of Jesus dieing for are sins. by that logic we shouldnt worry about the ten commandments. we have laws and judges, to enforce them. yes we are to love one another and judgement is Gods but that doesnt mean we dont use the death penalty. what would you do if someone broke in your house and threatened your family? love them? no you kill them. Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight. God hasnt changed his law but certian churches have quit teaching the word vs by vs and have changed their teachings to be softer and more plesent. and of course everyone is innocent. believe me there is no pain here and i sleep very well in my faith but it pains me to see so many christians misguided by the softer teachings of certian churches now a days. If you want them to live then all the people who dont believe in the death penilty need to take care of them with their money or let them live with you. send them to God.
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      by Ann on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM in reply to bearhunter
      You do seem 'stuck' on OT laws. Leviticus says that we should kill children for misbehaving. Do you eat pork, bearhunter? Because OT laws say you should abstain from pork. No refrigeration back then, perhaps that was the reason for that law. Mmmmm...interesting. It costs roughly 4 million dollars to execute a human being as opposed to a few thousand a year if we don't execute them. I'd rather spend my money on restorative justice. Perhaps you'd like to put your money where your Bible is and write a check to Parchman, I believe it's only 4 hundred dollars for the lethal injection cocktail.Only God is the Author of life and death, bearhunter. And you are not God. You don't spell very well either.
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      by college graduate on Mar 23, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to bearhunter
      It isn't are it is OUR, no comma after judges, Gods is possessive, His not his, PLEASANT not plesent, comma after here, now days not now a days, PENALTY not penilty, and NEEDS not need. I missed many, but you get the point.
  • by Ann Location: Michigan on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    I have had someone murdered in my family and I pray every night for that man. Killing him would not have brought closure. The death penalty is not justice, it's revenge. Thankfully, we do not have the death penalty in my state. Each of us will be judged by God at our death and it will be immediate. Your reference is from the Old Testament. Jesus came to change all that and left his greatest commandment: Love one another. Hope you feel better soon.
  • by bearhunter on Mar 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    Lets just send all the trouble to California. All the liberal hippies environmentalists, bleeding hearts, gays, atheists, and prisoners. They can live happily ever after together.
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      by Ann on Mar 20, 2012 at 03:51 AM in reply to bearhunter
      In order to engage in meaningful debate, bearhunter, you must 'know your opponent'. Since you resort to name-calling and bashing the marginal in society, the 'silent voices', clearly your foundation is rage and ignorance of the facts, rather than intellect. Consequently, it would be foolish for me to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man. Again, I do hope you're feeling better soon.
  • by bearhunter on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    Everyone who signed the petition needs to have someone raped and murdered in their family. Bet their minds would Change then. God says to send them to him for judgment. Bleeding hearts are just as big a problem as environmentalists. Send them to California
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      by Jamie Arpin-Ricci on Mar 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM in reply to bearhunter
      I happen to know people who have had this happen to their child, but firmly reject the death penalty. It is not simple as you seem to suggest, bearhunter
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      by anabel on Mar 19, 2012 at 04:52 PM in reply to bearhunter
      and maybe some people should know that there have been 140 people exonerated, Wrongfully Convicted, maybe if someone in your family is sentenced to death he is innocent then you would do everything possible to avoid that it is killed, not in all Inmates on death row are guilty!
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