Monday, May 12, 2008
The Mississippi Supreme Court has set May 21 as the execution date for Earl Wesley Berry, who was convicted of kidnapping Mary Bounds from the parking lot of a church in 1987, beating her to death and dumping her body in the woods. Berry's October 2007 execution was halted by the United States Supreme Court just 19 minutes in advance. Attorneys say he is mentally retarded and request more time to appeal and ask Gov. Haley Barbour (R) for clemency. Berry's attorneys would also like a review of the State's lethal-injection procedures. Gov. Barbour, however, has apparently suggested that he will not change his mind regarding the case, having rejected a similar request on Berry's behalf last fall. See article here.