In yet the latest display of Mississippi Jim Crow racism, death row inmate William Jerome Manning is set to be executed by lethal injection in the state of Mississippi TONIGHT at 6 p.m.! This, in spite of requests to halt the execution so that modern forensics can be used to determine whether there is even any physical evidence linking him to the crime. The original evidence used to determine his guilt in 1994, according to the FBI who originally presented the analysis, “included statements that exceeded the limits of science and was, therefore, invalid.” Based on an assertion they now admit was completely unscientific, they had “determined” that a single strand of hair present in the murder victims’ vehicle “belonged to an African American”, enough to convince the racist court to conclude that Willie Manning was responsible for the crime. Will we witness tonight the next in a long line of brutal lynchings and Black genocide in the United States, or will there be a last minute miracle?! In the meantime there are some numbers below for you to call to try and make that miracle happen!
UPDATE: Hours Before Execution, a State Court Grants Willie Manning a Stay!
From Campaign to End the Death Penalty:
As of midnight, Willie Manning’s attorneys have not received any word
from the governor or in response to their latest court appeal.
If you’re in the Jackson area, please join me on the Capitol Street side
of the Governor’s Mansion from 9 – 10 AM Tuesday. I’ll have 2 or 3 signs,
We all need to be Sure of innocence or guilt. Test the DNA and hair !
Is it worse to execute an innocent man or
to admit a mistake in time to fix it ?
You could also call the office of Attorney General Jim Hood – 601-359-3680
to ask him to ask the governor for a stay so the FBI can test the DNA and hair.
Or call Governor Phil Bryant at 601-359-3150 to ask for a stay and testing.
If there is no stay and the execution is going ahead at 6 PM,
please participate at one of these events, or hold your own
at a state office or church in your community. Vigils will be held at
arrive 4 – no later than 4:50 at Visitors Gate, south of main gate,
Highway 49, Parchman
4:45 – 6:15 Capitol Street side of Governor’s Mansion
5:30 Smith Park (St. Peters if rain)
5:30 Sacred Heart Church, Hattiesburg
Please spread the word and participate however you can.
Willie Jerome Manning, 44, was convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection for the shooting deaths of two Mississippi State University students.
In letters last week to state officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice said an FBI examiner had overstated conclusions about a hair found in Miller’s car by suggesting that it came from an African American.
Manning is black and the two victims, Tiffany Miller, 22, and Jon Steckler, 19, were white. The hair sample was the only physical evidence linking Manning to the crime scene.
“We have determined that the microscopic hair comparison analysis testimony or laboratory report presented in this case included statements that exceeded the limits of science and was, therefore, invalid,” federal authorities said.
Manning’s lawyers have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to halt his lethal injection in light of the revelations, and the Mississippi Innocence Project filed a lawsuit to preserve the hair and other evidence for DNA testing even if Manning is executed.
For further information, visit JusticeForWillie.com
I was just talking to someone about the mentality which leads to this kind of thing. All these little moments of reducing a race or class produce unjust decisions when the power is in someone like that’s hand. Smh. Thank-God he got the “Stay.”
Hey friend! I haven’t been on here in quite awhile. How have u been? And that is truly wonderful he got the “stay”, in the sense that he lives to fight another day. But of course, it essentially means nothing if we can’t somehow in the end free him!
Hi there! Yeah, I noticed – I thought – well it’s getting warm so people tend to be online less. I’m so, so. I have a parent in the hospital so this is definitely a de-stresser.
It is truly wonderful that he got the stay. How are you keeping up on news of this, where are there updates. And, how can we help? Can we??
I hope everything goes well in the hospital! And on particular cases like this I find it is easiest to keep informed by searching on google new for updated info. And I have linked to his family’s website above so I’m about to go visit and see if there is anything new we need to know, and what actions they may need us to take if any.
OH! I missed that….or forgot it was there in my reading. Let me circle back!!! Thanks for mentioning it!!!
I just noticed – nothing about him has been on the news. Not even CNN. These news channels are really political agents at times or corporations with interests. Smh. Sad.
Anyway, I will default to the family website and google too.
I had to go to the hospital to check something, then my dad is in the hospital with a Staff infection. It’s crazy. Hope all is well Caleb, glad you’re back on your blog. 🙂
Dang u might as well get u a sleeping bag to bring to the hospital since they have u in a out so much lol. And I hope your week is going well. I finally finished writing the Jason Collins article. Just giving my mind some rest before I proofread and post it (-:
I guess this is a part of life… smh.
My week has started off inspiring, so it’s going well so far. I hope yours is starting off good too Caleb. 🙂
Curious to read the article on Jason Collins. Love your blog. It’s really one of my favorites, so I’ll always be on here reading. 🙂 See you soon!
Aww.. Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me!!