US Supreme Court to decide whether to hear appeal from Mississippi death row inmate

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide April 17 whether to hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate.

Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference.

At 68, Richard Gerald Jordan is the oldest inmate on Mississippi's death row. He is also Mississippi's the longest serving death row inmate, with 38 years.

Jordan was convicted of kidnapping and killing Edwina Marter in Harrison County on Jan. 13, 1976. He was accused of collecting a $25,000 ransom from Marter's husband, then taking the woman to a wooded area in north Harrison County and shooting her in the back of the head.

Last year, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Jordan's arguments of prosecutorial vindictiveness and ineffective assistance of counsel.

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