Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mississippi executes killer of four children

The 19th Execution of 2012

Henry Curtis Jackson Jr. was executed by lethal injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.  He fatally stabbed two nieces and two nephews - aged 2 to 5 years - while he searched for money to steal from a safe kept in his mother's home.

During the attack on November 1, 1990, Regina Jackson, a sister of Jackson's, and two other nieces were also stabbed but survived. One of them, an infant at the time, was critically injured and remained paralyzed until her death in 2009, according to Reuters.

Regina Jackson-also the mother of two of his victims-said she and other family members including the mother of the other children killed had asked Mississippi's Republican Governor Phil Bryant on Monday to halt the execution.

"There is no question that Mr. Jackson committed these heinous crimes, and there is no clear and convincing evidence that compels me to grant clemency," the governor told Reuters.

In Mississippi, the governor has the sole authority to grant clemency and can also commute death sentences to life in prison. Jackson was the fourth person executed this year in Mississippi.

He did not request a last meal and ate none of the standard dinner offered to him, corrections officials said. He also declined a sedative ahead of the execution, reported Reuters.

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