Mississippi Supreme Court sets 2 executions in May

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has set execution dates for two inmates next month.

In orders handed down Wednesday, the court says Benny Joe Stevens will be put to death May 10 and Rodney Gray will be put to death May 17.

Stevens was sentenced to death in 1999 in the slaying of four people in the Foxworth community of Marion County. Among those killed were Stevens’ former wife and their 11-year-old son. Stevens’ 16-year-old daughter was wounded but escaped from the mobile home.

Gray was sentenced to death in 1996 for the 1994 rape and murder of 79-year-old Grace Blackwell of Louin.