JACKSON, Miss.–An execution date of May 7 was set Thursday by the Miss. Supreme Court for Willie Jerome Manning. He is expected to draw his last breath at 6 that evening at the Mississippi State Prison at Parchman.
Manning was convicted in the 1992 killings of Mississippi State students Tiffany Miller and John Steckler. Their bodies were found in a rural area in Oktibbeha County. Both were shot.
The now 44-year-old was arrested after he tried to sell things, including jewelry, that other people recognized as belonging to the victims.
Manning learned earlier this year that his case would not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s when Atty. Gen. Jim Hood requested an execution date.
This will be Mississippi’s first execution of 2013. Manning will die by lethal injection.