Justices to weigh Berry case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a November 30th conference on the death penalty appeal of Mississippi inmate Earl Wesley Berry, whose execution the court stopped in October.

Court officials say the justices' decision on whether they will hear Berry's case could be announced shortly thereafter.

Berry was sentenced to die for beating and stomping Mary Bounds to death in 1987.

Berry has raised the same argument as that in a Kentucky case that challenges lethal injection procedures as cruel and unusual punishment.

If the court decides not to review the appeal, the attorney general's office would ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to set a new execution date.