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Convicted killer will face death penalty, MS Supreme Court says

Richard Gerald Jordan (Photo source: MDOC) Richard Gerald Jordan (Photo source: MDOC)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Supreme Court has dismissed a request to overturn the death sentence of Mississippi’s longest-serving death row inmate.

Richard Gerald Jordan has been on death row since 1977, when he was convicted of kidnapping and murdering Edwina Marter in Jackson County.

Last year, Jordan’s attorneys asked the state supreme court to overturn the death sentence. That petition claimed one of the drugs used for executions was not allowed under Mississippi law.

Earlier this year, Mississippi lawmakers tweaked the state’s death penalty law to keep it constitutional.

Jordan’s petition also claimed executing him after spending four decades on death row would violate his Eighth Amendment rights. The Supreme Court found no merit in that argument.

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