Death Penalty

Attorneys for Death Row Inmate Due for Execution Today Want DNA Testing

Willie Jerome Manning maintains his innocence


A Mississippi death row inmate is just hours from execution as his attorneys urge the state to conduct DNA testing the lawyers say may prove Willie Jerome Manning is innocent.

But as of Tuesday morning, it remained unclear whether Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would order a stay of execution for Manning, a black man convicted of murdering two white Mississippi college students. A spokesman for the governor could not immediately be reached for comment.