State wants Jordan executed next month

Published: Jul. 28, 2015 at 11:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2015 at 9:53 AM CDT
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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After four decades of trials, retrials, and multiple sentencing hearings, Mississippi wants convicted killer Richard Gerald Jordan executed. And the state wants that execution to take place in a month.
Mississippi's Attorney General claims "all state and federal remedies have been exhausted." Therefore, Jim Hood argues in a new court filing Jordan should be put to death on or before August 27.

On two occasions, a jury convicted Jordan in the kidnapping and brutal murder of Edwina Marter.  She died in Jackson County on April 12, 1976.

Almost 40 years later, Jordan remains on Mississippi's death row. In between the murder and this latest court filing, Jordan's attorneys successfully argued that discrepancies existed in either the defendant's trials, or his sentencing hearings.

At one point, Jordan's death sentence was changed to life without parole. But, by 1998, that life sentence once again became a death sentence.

Now, more than 17 years after Jordan returned to death row, the Attorney General says in his court filing, "The State respectfully moves the
Court to set the execution date in this case as no legal impediment exists to deter the setting of this execution date."

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