The state Supreme Court order in Manning v. Mississippi is available in Adobe .pdf format.
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger posts, "Mississippi death row inmate Manning gets reprieve." It contains reporting from the Associated Press.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Willie Jerome Manning, set to be executed on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The high court voted eight to one, with Justice Michael Randolph objecting.
Manning was given two death sentences for the 1992 slayings of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, two college students. His attorneys had asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to stop his execution and allow him to seek DNA testing of evidence.
The U.S. Justice Department had sent letters saying FBI testimony on testing of bullet and hair evidence in the case had been overreaching for technology at the time.
Attorney General Jim Hood had opposed the request for a stay, saying it is just a delay tactic and that there was a “mountain of evidence” against Manning, including a confession to his cousin.
Manning's lawyers said in a filing with the Mississippi Supreme Court that the execution should be stopped based on the Justice Department's admission and previous disclosures about testimony that it says exceeded the limits of science.
Earlier coverage of Willie Manning's case begins at the link.