Court declines to set execution date for inmate - - Jackson, MS

Court declines to set execution date for female inmate

Michelle Byrom  (Source: MDOC website) Michelle Byrom (Source: MDOC website)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court denied a motion Thursday to set an execution date for death row inmate Michelle Byrom.

State Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the court to set Byrom's execution for Thursday in a case involving the murder of her husband and to order execution on Friday for Charles Crawford in a rape-murder case. The court did not issue an order in the Crawford case on Thursday.

But it is increasingly unlikely he will face execution Friday. Corrections officials say no preparations were being made for an execution at the Parchman state penitentiary.

Following the court order, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

"The Office of Attorney General does not order executions or decide the final date for an execution. State law dictates that our office immediately file a motion asking the State Supreme Court to set an execution date within 30 days after the U.S. Supreme Court denies a defendant's petition for certiorari. That motion was filed last month and denied today by the State Supreme Court without comment. Additionally, the Court has not yet ruled on the defendant's successive post-conviction petition. We are now awaiting further action by the court."

Both inmates are seeking the Supreme Court's permission to file new appeals.

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