Convicted murder to stay behind Miss. bars for now

Published 1:30 am Sunday, March 22, 2009

A convicted rapist and murderer who was to be released from jail on Monday will stay behind bars for now.

Douglas Hodgkin’s release was delayed by a new Mississippi law that requires felons convicted of capital murder to register as a sex offender when the underlying crime is a sexual offense.

Gov. Haley Barbour signed the bill into law this week. Attorney General Jim Hood said the law will delay Hodgkin’s parole because he has to wait until a new residence is approved for him and complies with Kentucky’s home inspection laws for a released felon.

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Hodgkin was to return to his home state of Kentucky upon his release. He was convicted in 1987 of the rape and murder of Jean Elizabeth Gillies.