A 61-year-old Mississippi man was executed Thursday for the 1995 slaying of a
woman, who disappeared from convenience store where she worked in Biloxi.
William Mitchell was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. Thursday after a lethal
Mitchell was convicted in the Nov. 21, 1995, slaying of 38-year-old Patty
Milliken, who disappeared after walking out of the Majik Mart convenience store
where she worked to have a cigarette with Mitchell.
Her body was found the next day under a bridge. She had been "strangled,
beaten, sexually assaulted and repeatedly run over by a vehicle," according to
Mitchell was convicted of capital murder in Harrison County in 1998.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier Thursday declined to stop Mitchell's execution.
Mitchell becomes the 3rd condemned inmate in Mississippi to be put to death
this year, and the 18th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in
Mitchell becomes the 11th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the
USA and the 1288th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17,
1977. There are 2 more scheduled executions in the country next week (Texas and
Alabama), up to 7 more in April and 5 more in May.
(sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin)