Hood: 3 more executions possible in 2011

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says one delay doesn’t stop the wheels of justice.

And while the execution of Robert Simon Jr. is on hold, Hood said the clock is ticking on at least three other death row inmates who could be executed before the year is up.

Hood says the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has turned down petitions by all three inmates — William Gerald Mitchell, Larry Matthew Puckett and Edwin Hart Turner.

Mitchell was sentenced to death in 1998 in Harrison County for the slaying of a store clerk.

Puckett was sentenced to death in 1996 for a deadly attack on a Forrest County woman.

Turner was sentenced to death in 1997 in the 1995 deaths of two Carroll County men.

Jack Elliot Jr./The Associated Press