Death row inmate loses fight to set execution date

Death row inmate loses fight to set execution date

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled against a death row inmate from Hancock County.

Convicted killer Timothy Nelson Evans asked the court to throw out his appeals and set an execution date right away. In his handwritten letter to the court, Nelson claimed he has received improper medical care in prison because of racial bias on the part of the employees.

But the court denied his request, noting that appeals are mandatory for all death row inmates in Mississippi. Wednesday's court ruling also stated that "Evans's claims regarding the conditions of his confinement are outside the purview of his pending direct appeal and require that he first pursue relief through administrative channels."

In 2013, Evans was sentenced to death for the murder of 70-year-old Wenda Holling. She was found dead on the side of a road in January 2010, three weeks after she was reported missing.

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