JACKSON, Miss., – A Mississippi inmate is facing execution on Tuesday despite an admission last week by federal authorities that statements made during his 1994 murder trial about a hair sample pushed the limits of science and were ‘invalid’.
Willie Jerome Manning, 44, was convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection for the shooting deaths of two Mississippi State University students.
In letters last week to state officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice said an FBI examiner had overstated conclusions about a hair found in Miller’s car by suggesting that it came from an African American.
Manning is black and the two victims, Tiffany Miller, 22, and Jon Steckler, 19, were white. The hair sample was the only physical evidence linking Manning to the crime scene.
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