Judge denies Manning new trial in 1993 slayings

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013


JACKSON (AP) — A judge has denied Willie Jerome Manning’s request for a new trial in the 1993 slayings of a 90-year-old woman and her 60-year-old daughter in Starkville.

Oktibbeha County Circuit Judge Lee Howard handed down his ruling Tuesday. Manning’s attorney, Robert Mink, calls the ruling “astonishing” and says he’ll appeal.

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Manning had been set for lethal injection May 7 in a separate case — the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students.

The state Supreme Court blocked the execution hours before it was scheduled. Justices didn’t explain their action, but Manning had argued that DNA tests would prove him innocent.

Manning was convicted in 1996 in the slayings of Emmoline Jimmerson and her daughter Alberta Jordan. They were beaten and their throats slashed during a robbery attempt at their apartment.