UPDATE: Court grants convicted murderer Manning new tests

Willie Jerome ManningBy Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal

JACKSON – Willie Jerome Manning will get DNA and fingerprint tests not available when he went on trial in an Oktibbeha County double murder in 1998.

Today, the Mississippi Supreme Court gave Manning’s defense team 60 days to file his request with the circuit court.

He was convicted of shooting two Mississippi State University students and was sentenced to death by his trial jury.

In his appeal, Manning contends certain evidence never was tested for fingerprints and that DNA testing wasn’t available back then.

But in 5-4 votes, the court also denied other appeal issues.

Watch here for more details or in Friday’s Daily Journal.