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Miss. inmate asks US Sup Court to block execution

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Posted: Mar 15, 2012 1:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi death row inmate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Tuesday's execution based on the argument that his lawyers didn't do a good job and prosecutors discriminated during jury selection.

Larry Matthew Puckett is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1995 sexual assault and beating death of Rhonda Hatten Griffis of Petal. His lawyers filed the request Wednesday to block the execution.

Puckett's lawyers say prosecutors kept blacks off the jury and that Puckett's former attorneys never properly challenged his conviction and sentence on those grounds. Puckett is white.

Puckett was convicted of killing the 28-year-old mother of two the same year he graduated high school. He's 35 now.

Another Mississippi inmate, William Mitchell, 61, is scheduled for execution Thursday.

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