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Miss. set to execute prisoners Wednesday and Thursday

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi corrections officials are preparing for the first back-to-back executions in nearly 50 years.

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

Woodward was sentenced to death for the 1986 rape and shooting death of Rhonda Crane, 24, of Escatawpa.

C. Jackson Williams, an Oxford attorney representing Woodward, said plans were to submit a clemency petition to Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday.

Williams said he would meet with Woodward later Tuesday to discuss other options.

Gerald James Holland is to be put to death Thursday.

Holland, of Adams County, was sentenced to death for the 1987 rape and murder of a Krystal King, 15, who was also from Adams County.

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

On Monday, the Mississippi Supreme Court declined to stop the executions, paving the way for more appeals to be filed in federal courts in Mississippi.

Appeals by attorneys for both inmates were expected to make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Jim Hood said that he would not expect any appeal to succeed.

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