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Motions Rejected for Two Death Row Inmates, Executions Will Go On

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The Mississippi Supreme Court has rejected motions filed by two death row inmates.

The inmates were seeking to halt their executions set for this week.

Paul Everette Woodward is to be executed Wednesday at the State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Gerald James Holland is to be put to death Thursday.

Defense attorneys for both inmates had filed papers with the court seeking to halt their executions.

Justices issued orders Monday either denying or dismissing the motions.

Woodward, who's now 62, was sentenced to death for the 1986 rape and shooting death of a 24-year-old.

Holland, of Adams County, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old back in 1987.

Holland, who is now 72, is the oldest death-row inmate in Mississippi.

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