Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Executions Scheduled in Texas and Mississippi


Derrick Jackson, a Houston man was serving 12 years for aggravated robbery when he was convicted of a brutal double-murder in 1998.

Jackson is to be executed Tuesday, becoming the 15th killer put to death in Texas this year. Houston lawyers last week were reviewing the case but were uncertain if they would find grounds for further appeals.

"It's obvious I'm getting framed," Jackson said in a recent death row interview. "I'm not your bad guy. People who know me know I'm a good guy."


Joseph D. Burns, facing execution by lethal injection Wednesday, asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop his execution. Burns was convicted in 1996 in the stabbing death of a Tupelo motel manager committed during a robbery two years earlier.

If Burns dies Wednesday, he will be Mississippi's third execution this year and the third from Northeast Mississippi since 2008 -- others are Earl Wesley Berry of Chickasaw County and Dale Leo Bishop of Guntown.

Ten of the state's 61 death row prisoners are there for capital crimes committed in Northeast Mississippi.

To read more about Jackson: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7115232.html

To read more about Burns: http://www.leagle.com/unsecure/news.do?feed=yellowbrix&storyid=147633357

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