Barring reprieve, Puckett to be executed at 6 p.m.

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Pres

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Barring a reprieve or stay of execution, Mississippi will execute Larry Matthew Puckett at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the sexual assault and slaying of a Forrest County woman.

Puckett was convicted in the 1995 death of Rhonda Hatten Griffis, a 28-year-old mother of two. He was 18 at the time.

Puckett spent Tuesday visiting with relatives. He requested a last meal of Macadamia nut pancakes, shrimp and grits, ice cream cake, caramel candy and root beer.

Puckett has a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution. Thousands have signed an online petition in support of Puckett, insisting he is innocent.

Puckett’s supporters hope to persuade Gov. Phil Bryant to stop the execution.

Puckett has requested that his body be released to his mother, Mary Puckett.