The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the execution of a convicted killer,
and Mississippi officials were expected to put him to death by lethal injection
on Thursday evening.
William Mitchell, 61, was convicted in the Nov. 21, 1995, slaying of Patty
Milliken. Milliken, 38, disappeared after walking out of the Majik Mart
convenience store in Biloxi where she worked to have a cigarette with Mitchell.
Milliken's 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
court records. Mitchell was convicted of capital murder in 1998.
Earlier on Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, denied
Mitchell's request for a stay.
(source: Associated Press)