Governor Won't Stop Execution

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he won't block the execution of Henry Curtis Jackson, Jr. Jackson was convicted for the murders of two nieces and two
nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage.

Bryant says Jackson "committed these heinous
crimes, and there is no clear and convincing evidence that compels me to grant clemency."

Jackson was convicted of killing the children, who were 2 to 5 years old, during a rampage in which Jackson allegedly was trying to steal his mother's safe. He was convicted in 1991.

The children's mothers in recent days had asked Bryant to spare their brother's life.

"I am deeply touched by the requests for clemency by two of his sisters and his brother-in-law," said Bryant. "However, as governor, I have the duty to see that justice is carried out and that the law is faithfully executed. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones."

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

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