State Attorney General says more executions are to come

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - State Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday at least three more death row inmates could be executed before this year ends.

Hood said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down petitions by Larry Matthew Puckett, William Gerald Mitchell and Edwin Hart Turner.

Puckett was sentenced to death in 1996 for a deadly attack on a Forrest County woman.   Mitchell was sentenced to death in 1998 in Harrison County for killing a store clerk, and Turner was sentenced to death in 1997 for killing two Carroll County men.

The execution of Robert Simon Jr. was supposed to happen earlier this month, but is now on hold.

"Every so often death row inmates they are going to come up with new issues, such as this bump on the head issue," said Hood. "I anticipate their being more excuses. Justice will be carried out for those people who have had family members killed."

Hood said Larry Puckett, William Mitchell and Edwin Turner could be executed in November.