Stevens seeks to avoid May 4 execution in Miss.

JACKSON — An attorney for Mississippi death row inmate Benny Joe Stevens is asking the state Supreme Court not to set a May 4 execution date.

In papers filed Monday, Glenn Swartzfager of the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel says a previous attorney in the office, Robert Ryan, didn’t have time or resources to properly represent Stevens.

Attorney General Jim Hood petitioned the court last week to set a May 4 execution date. The U.S. Supreme Court on April 4 declined to hear Stevens’ appeal.

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.

The Associated Press