Supreme Court puts a hold on Willie Jerome Manning's Execution

BILOXI, MS (WLOX/AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution in the Willie Manning case.  Mississippi Department of Corrections officials await the court's opinion to follow, and stands ready to carry out the order of the court.

A stay of execution is a court order to temporarily suspend the execution of a court judgment or other court order.

According to the AP, the lawyer for Manning says in a court filing that the FBI has identified another error in the case.

A filing Tuesday with the Mississippi Supreme Court includes a copy of an FBI letter the defense says it received late Monday.  The letter says there was incorrect testimony related to tests on bullets found in a tree by Manning's house that were compared to bullets found in the victims.  The letter says that kind of examination "is not based on absolute certainty."

Last week, the FBI said its microscopic analysis of evidence, particularly of hair samples found in Miller's car, contained erroneous statements.

Manning's execution was scheduled for 6 p.m. for the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students.

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