Judge temporarily blocks Mississippi execution

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Pres

JACKSON — A federal judge has temporarily blocked the execution of Mississippi death row inmate Edwin Hart Turner.

Turner was scheduled to die Wednesday for the deaths of two men killed during a robbery spree in 1995.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Monday halted the execution.

Turner’s lawyer, James Craig with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, asked Reeves to stop the execution. His argument was that a Mississippi Department of Corrections policy prohibited Turner from getting tests that could prove he’s mentally ill.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said Turner’s lawyers are bringing up old arguments that have been rejected by the courts before.