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Execution set for killer of Natchez student

Published 12:07am Friday, April 26, 2013

JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a May 7 execution date for Willie Jerome Manning, who was convicted of killing two Mississippi State University students two decades ago.

The order was issued Thursday. It comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Manning, who’s now 44 years old.

He received two death sentences for the slayings of Natchez native Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller. Their bodies were discovered in rural Oktibbeha County on Dec. 11, 1992.

Each was shot to death, and Miller’s car was missing. The vehicle was found the next morning.

Prosecutors said Manning was arrested after he tried to sell some items belonging to the victims.

His conviction was upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court, which also denied Manning’s post-conviction petition. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned Manning’s request for appeal down in July 2012. The court said Manning filed his post-conviction claim too late to be heard in state courts.

  • concerned redneck

    Gonna squirt him with that sleep juice. Bout time. Been wasting tax money too long

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Its about time and the waste of taxpayers money and I’m happy the Stecker family will soon have a peace of mind for this has got to have been terrible to put up with all this long time don’t make sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • concerned redneck

    All states with the death penalty should do like Texas and put in an express lane to the execution chamber

  • Anonymous

    This is a prime example of what’s wrong with the criminal justice system. Housing and feeding this jackass for 20 years, and why?

  • Anonymous

    When the two he killed had only seconds to live………………………….he has lived years later.

  • Mike

    Bigger financial burden: death penalty > life w/o parole