View Full Version : Chris Foster recieves Stay of Execution.

01-06-2003, 06:03 PM
Thank God!!!!!

Jan. 6

MISSISSIPPI----stay of execution

Musgrove grants reprieve to death row inmate

In Jackson, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove issued a temporary reprieve for death
row inmate Ron Chris Foster, a spokesman said Monday.

Foster, 30, had been scheduled to be executed Wednesday at the
Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman for the 1989 Lowndes County
killing of convenience store clerk George Shelton.

Musgrove said the reprieve would last until the constitutional questions
raised by Foster's lawyers concerning Foster's age and mental ability are
addressed by the U.S. and Mississippi Supreme Courts.

Musgrove told The Associated Press in an interview earlier Monday he was
weighing 2 factors in his decision on whether to halt Wednesday's
execution - Foster's age and his mental ability.

Musgrove spokesman John Sewell said the reprieve would last until the
state and federal Supreme Courts determine the constitutionality issues
of Foster's case.

Musgrove said he was looking closely at whether the U.S. Supreme Court
will take up another juvenile offender case from Oklahoma.

Foster was 17 when he killed a convenience store clerk in Lowndes County.
Foster's lawyers and death penalty opponents have been waging a campaign
to spare from execution individuals who were juveniles when their crimes
were committed.

A recent appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court also claims that Foster
is mentally retarded.

"This is a very complex situation and there are 2 different issues,"
Musgrove said. "One is the execution of a juvenile, which has not been
decided and potentially will be decided. The other is the execution of
the mentally retarded. Now the question is, has Chris Foster been given
the opportunity to present that in his sentencing phase as to whether he
is in fact mentally retarded."

Last fall, defense lawyer Silas McCharen unsuccessfully petitioned the
U.S. Supreme Court to decide on the constitutionality of executing
juvenile offenders.

Foster's execution was to be Mississippi's 3rd since July. Before that,
the state had gone 13 years without an execution.

(source: Associated Press)

01-06-2003, 08:51 PM
You took the words right out of my mouth Softheart.


01-06-2003, 09:48 PM
Thank God Softheart. Thansk for sharing it with us!!!!!

01-08-2003, 11:58 AM