Judge Denies Injunction That Would Halt Hansen Execution

An attempt to postpone this week's execution of Tracy Alan Hansen has failed.

A federal judge denied a motion on Monday filed by six death row inmates requesting a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

The motion and a lawsuit were filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen on behalf of death row inmates Willie Russell, Sherwood Brown, Kelvin Jordan, John Nixon, Paul Woodward and Hansen. The inmates were seeking a halt to Wednesday's execution so that Hansen can testify in a lawsuit.

The suit claims that the inmates' constitutional and statutory rights were violated at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. The suit claims the prisoners were deprived of basic personal hygiene needs, adequate shelter, and health care, among other things.

U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson says Hansen's testimony is not needed. Davidson also ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove criteria necessary to obtain a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

Hansen was convicted in the 1987 killing of Trooper Bruce Ladner. He is scheduled to die Wednesday by lethal injection.