PARCHMAN, Miss. - A man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children.
Henry “Curtis’’ Jackson Jr., 47, was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. CDT Tuesday after receiving an injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, officials said.
He had spent the day receiving relatives, including one of the sisters whose two children were slain. The slain children ranged from 2 to 5 and were killed as Jackson reportedly was trying to steal his mother’s safe while she was at church, court records showed.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Governor Phil Bryant, a Republican, declined to stop the execution though he said he was “deeply touched’’ by requests for clemency from Jackson’s sisters and his brother-in-law.
Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said the inmate acknowledged the crime and was talkative as he received relatives. Visitors included his sister Regina Jackson, who was stabbed five times and survived the attack that killed her two daughters and two nephews.
Regina Jackson had met with the governor Monday and pleaded for her brother’s life. She also wrote Bryant a letter last month.
“As a mother who lost two babies, all I’m asking is that you not make me go through the killing of my brother,’’ she wrote.
Another sister and her husband, Glenda and Andrew Kuyoro, also had asked Bryant to spare Jackson in a letter dated May 15.