Winona Slayings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Mississippi law is slowing the wheels of justice in a 12-year-old quadruple murder case, according to a victim's daughter.
"When the rights lean the defendant's way, there is something wrong," said Roxanne Ballard, whose mother, Bertha Tardy, was one of four people shot to death in downtown Winona in 1996.
Curtis Giovanni Flowers has been convicted and sentenced to death three times for the murder of Ballard's mother -- and three others -- inside Tardy Furniture. Those convictions were later reversed on appeal. A fourth trial, held in 2007, and a fifth, which ended in Sept. 30, both ended in hung juries.
After two jurors in the fifth trial, James Franklin Bibbs and Mary Annette Purnell, were arrested, jailed and ultimately indicted on charges of perjury, some are wondering if prosecutors are getting a fair stab at justice in Montgomery County.


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