|Mississippi to Seek Execution Dates for 2 Inmates|
|By usnews.com- Jeff Amy|
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that he will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to approve execution dates for two inmates, even though court challenges are still pending to the state's lethal injection methods.
Hood spokeswoman Margaret Ann Morgan said the state would seek dates for Richard Jordan and Thomas Loden if state prison officials confirm they have needed drugs. Jordan has served 41-years on death row for kidnapping and killing Edwina Marta in Harrison County in 1976. Loden pleaded guilty in 2001 to kidnapping, raping and murdering Leesa Marie Gray in Itawamba County.
Hood, a Democrat, can't go ahead though until the Supreme Court finalizes rulings in both cases. A lawyer for Loden is already seeking a rehearing, and Jordan's lawyer said he will do the same. That could cause a months-long delay, and it's not clear if justices will be willing to allow executions to proceed with other challenges going on.
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