Miss. Supreme Court denies death row inmate request for competency hearing


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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a motion for a competency hearing sought by attorneys for death row inmate Erik Wayne Hollie.

Hollie's lawyer, Alison Steiner with the Office of the State Capital Defense Counsel, said the trial court record reflected testimony that Hollie suffered from a mental disability and could not help his attorney during the trial. Steiner said a new court hearing would determine if his mental disability prevents Hollie from helping with his post-conviction defense.

The Supreme Court denied the motion without comment Thursday.

The attorney general's office had opposed the competency hearing, arguing the issue was unsuccessfully raised during Hollie's trial.

Hollie was sentenced to death in 2010 in Copiah County for capital murder in the fatal shooting of Wesson Pawn Shop owner Denmon Ward.

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