Execution Date Set For Hansen

The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a July 17th execution date for death row inmate Tracy Alan Hansen.

The order came down today.

Hansen would become the first prisoner to be executed in the state since 1989.

He was sentenced to die for the April 10th, 1987, shooting death of Mississippi Highway Patrolman Bruce Ladner.

His appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected last week. The attorney general's office had asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to set the execution date.

Mississippi administers executions by lethal injection at the state penitentiary at Parchman.