Execution Likely To Go Through, Assistant AG Says

The assistant attorney general who handles death penalty cases says he's very optimistic that convicted killer Tracy Allen Hansen will be executed next month.

The state supreme court set a July 17th execution date after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Hansen's appeals last week.

Assistant Attorney General Sonny White says Hansen could appeal again, but it would have to be in the Misssissippi Supreme Court before he could move on to the federal courts. White says Hansen could appeal on any grounds to try to delay the execution.

Hansen has been on death row 15 years. He was convicted of shooting State Trooper Bruce Ladner of Gulfport to death in April, 1987.

Hansen's Jackson attorney is out of town and unavailable to comment.

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