US Supreme Court won't hear death penalty appeal - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

US Supreme Court won't hear death penalty appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Mississippi death row inmate Benny Joe Stevens.

Monday's decision means Attorney General Jim Hood can petition the Mississippi Supreme Court to set an execution date. Hood has already told The Associated Press that he would ask for a May 4 execution date for Stevens.

Stevens was sentenced to death in 1999 in the slaying of 4 people in Marion County. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld his conviction and four death sentences in 2001.

Prosecutors say Stevens killed a couple and two children in 1998 in a mobile home in the Foxworth community. Stevens' ex-wife and their 11-year-old son were among those killed. Stevens' 16-year-old daughter was wounded but escaped from the mobile home.

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