Feb. 8 execution date set for Mississippi inmate

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a Feb. 8 execution date for Edwin Hart Turner.

Turner, who is 38, was convicted for the 1995 deaths of Eddie Brooks and Everett Curry.

Brooks, a clerk at Mims Auto Truck Village on U.S. Highway 82, was killed on the job. Curry, a prison guard, was shot to death while pumping gasoline at Mims One Stop on U.S. 82.

Turner, of Leflore County, and Paul Murrell Stewart, of Greenwood, were indicted for the slayings and a single count each of armed robbery. In a plea agreement, Stewart was sentenced to two life sentences without parole and testified against Turner.

Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to set an execution date, saying Turner had exhausted his state and federal appeals.