Court: 3 Miss. executions go forward this month

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court says the state will move forward with three executions this month.

The court on Thursday denied Benny Joe Stevens’ request to block his execution next Wednesday. Stevens was sentenced to death in 1999 in the slaying of four people in Marion County.

It also set a May 24 execution date for Robert Simon Jr., who condemned for the 1990 slayings of a Quitman County family who had just returned home from church.

The court denied a request by Stevens, Simon and Rodney Gray to stop executions because the state is switching to a different lethal injection drug.

Gray’s execution is May 17. He was sentenced to death in 1996 for the 1994 rape and murder of a 79-year-old woman from Louin.

The Associated Press