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Feds find flaws in Miss. death row inmate's case

Saturday - 5/4/2013, 12:41am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is conceding flaws in FBI forensic testimony that helped convict a man in the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students.

The Washington Post reported on its website Friday evening (http://wapo.st/15bWdEP ) that federal officials are offering to retest the DNA in the case.

The death row inmate, 44-year-old Willie Jerome Manning, is scheduled to be executed by injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the state penitentiary at Parchman.

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the execution, in a 5-4 decision.

Manning's lawyers asked Gov. Phil Bryant for a stay. A Bryant spokesman said the governor is reviewing the case.

Federal officials, prompted by a Post series, found Manning's case as part of a broad review of the FBI's handling of scientific evidence in thousands of violent crimes in the 1980s and 1990s


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