Execution set for Woodward in 1986 Miss. slaying

Published 1:33 pm Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mississippi Supreme Court has set a May 19 execution date for Paul Everette Woodward of Monticello.

Woodward, who’s now 62, was sentenced to death for the 1986 rape and shooting death of 24-year-old Rhonda Crane of Escatawpa.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Woodward’s request to delay setting an execution date.

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Assistant Attorney General Sonny White says state officials believe Woodward has run out of appeals since the U.S. Supreme Court denied one on April 19.

Woodward’s attorney, C. Jackson Williams of Oxford, had told the court that Woodward intended to ask Gov. Haley Barbour for a pardon or commutation of sentence. Barbour has never granted that request to any death row inmate.

Williams could not immediately be reached Tuesday.