US Supreme Court won't hear death penalty appeal

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal from Mississippi death row inmate Benny Joe Stevens.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office said Monday that he’ll petition the Mississippi Supreme Court to set an execution date. Hood recently told The Associated Press that he would ask for a May 4 execution date for Stevens.

Stevens, 52, was sentenced to death in 1999 in the slaying of four people in Marion County. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld his conviction and four death sentences in 2001.

Prosecutors say Stevens killed a couple and two children in 1998 in a mobile home in the Foxworth community. Stevens’ ex-wife and their 11-year-old son were among those killed. Stevens’ 16-year-old daughter was wounded but escaped from the mobile home.

Killed were Glenda Lee Reid, 38, Stevens’ former wife; Wesley Lee Reid, 38, the woman’s husband; Dylan Reid, the son of Stevens and Glenda Lee Reid; and Heath Pounds, 10, who apparently was spending the night with Dylan Reid.