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Mississippi Prepares to Execute Jan Michael Brawner

By Daniel Cherry | Published 11 Jun 2012 07:59pm | comments

A DeSoto County man convicted of four counts of capital murder is scheduled to die today at the State Penitentiary in Parchman. MPB's Daniel Cherry has more on the case and why Mississippi is executing more inmates in 2012 than in decades.

The State of Mississippi plans to kill Jan Michael Brawner at 6 this evening by lethal injection. Tara Booth, spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, explains the crimes.

"Brawner is 34 years old, and he was sentenced in Tate County in 2002 for the 2001 murders of Candice Brawner, Martha Craft, Barbara Brawner, and Carl Albert Craft."

The victims all in Tate County were Brawner's ex-wife, her parents, and his own three year old daughter. Mississippi has already executed four men this year, and, including Brawner, is slated to put two more men to death this month. Dr. Don Cabana is a former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner. He says the recent high rate isn't a trend.

"It doesn't really reflect any change or the courts moving any quicker. It's just a matter of timing."

Cabana says the men exhausted their appeals at the same time. Mississippi hasn't executed more than four inmates in a year since the 50's. The Supreme Court had backlog of execution appeals, but according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood that's been worked out, and the process is speeding up.

"We want to see these carried out in a fair manner and with all their rights protected, but at least it's definite that it will be carried out in a timely manner. We're seeing that 20 year figure reduced, in some cases, down to 10 or 12 (years) now."

The state Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Brawner yesterday afternoon.




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