Meridian Star

December 8, 2012

Death row inmate continues pursuit of new trial

JACK ELLIOT JR.,Associated Press
Associated Press

JACKSON — JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A death row inmate convicted of killing two university students in 1992 is continuing his quest to convince a court he deserves a new trial.

Willie Jerome Manning is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to give him a new trial, saying that his defense was ineffective and that black residents were inappropriately excluded from his Oktibbeha County jury. Manning is African-American.

Manning was turned down by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July on grounds his post-conviction petition was filed too late to be heard in Mississippi courts.

Manning received two death sentences for the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students. A jury in Oktibbeha County convicted Manning in 1994 for killing Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller.