JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour has denied a clemency request from death row inmate Paul Everette Woodward, clearing the way for a Wednesday execution.
Barbour said he would not substitute his own judgment for that of the courts that have considered Woodward's case.
The death row inmate was scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The 62-year-old from Monticello was sentenced to death for the 1986 rape and shooting death of a 24-year-old woman from Escatawpa.
This is the first of two back-to-back executions to be carried out this week.
The oldest death row inmate in Mississippi will be executed Thursday.
72-year-old Gerald Holland from Adams County will be put to death for the 1987 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.
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