Inmate cancels execution request, says he wants to appeal


,

Supreme Court in December 2021 that he wanted to drop all appeals and seek an execution date. The judges ordered King to put Grayson under oath to say what he wants. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP, File)”/>
This undated file photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Blayde Grayson. A state circuit judge issued an order Monday, April 11, 2022, saying Grayson told him under oath that he wanted to continue to appeal his case. It was a reversal from when Grayson told the state Supreme Court in December 2021 that he wanted to drop all appeals and seek an execution date. The judges ordered King to put Grayson under oath to say what he wants. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP, File)PA

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A Mississippi death row inmate told a judge under oath he wanted to continue appealing his case, months after he said he wanted to drop his appeals and seek a trial date. ‘execution.

George County Circuit Court Judge Kathy King Jackson issued an order Monday noting the current wishes of inmate Blayde Nathaniel Grayson. Grayson, 46, appeared before Jackson on Thursday and said he wanted to pursue his appeal in federal court.

Grayson was convicted of capital murder in 1997 for the stabbing death the previous year of 78-year-old Minnie Smith in a home burglary in George County, southern Mississippi.


He said in a handwritten letter to the state Supreme Court in early December, “I request that my execution be carried out immediately.” Grayson also said he wanted to end all of his calls.

Grayson’s attorney, David Voisin, submitted a letter a few days later asking the judges to disregard Grayson’s request because Grayson still had an appeal pending in federal court.

On January 28, the state Supreme Court ordered that Grayson be sworn before a circuit judge to say whether he wished to proceed with his request for the state to schedule his lethal injection. This hearing took place on Thursday.

Mississippi carried out its first execution in nine years last November, lethally injecting David Neal Cox, who had waived all appeals and described himself as “worthy of death”. A northern Mississippi jury sentenced Cox to death after pleading guilty to killing his ex-wife and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter in front of her dying mother.

Previous Supreme Court's 'shadow case' is even darker than it looks
Next Today in history: April 12, the civil war begins