Two Courts Deny Stay Of Execution For Hansen

Two courts denied requests from condemned inmate Tracy Alan Hansen's to postpone his execution.

A stay of execution was denied by the Mississippi Supreme Court. A petition filed in Sunflower County Circuit Court was also dismissed.

Hansen asked the Sunflower County court to declare lethal injection unconstitutional.

Hansen is still scheduled to be executed at the State Penitentiary at Parchman on July 17th. In his request for a stay of execution, Hansen argued that his original indictment was flawed, that his attorney was ineffective at his sentencing hearing, and his long stay on death row was cruel and unusual punishment.

Hansen is sentenced to die for the April 10th, 1987, murder of Highway Patrolman Bruce Ladner in Harrison County. Hansen was sentenced to death on October 26th, 1987.

Mississippi has not executed a state inmate since 1989, when Leo Edwards was put to death for killing a Jackson convenience store clerk.

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