May 7, 2013 was Willie Manning’s scheduled execution date. Five years on, we recall that time through quotations. And we sincerely hope that Willie will never again experience that appalling trauma.
“Mississippi, prove that institutional racism is no longer a part of your southern heritage, or admit that the execution of Willie Manning is yet another Mississippi lynching.”
Sister Maati, of Our Community Against Racism, May 3, 2013
“To … sanction the execution of Willie Manning … would be counter to fundamental due process, the eighth and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution and to the Mississippi Constitution.”
Willie Manning v. State of Mississippi. Reply to State’s Opposition, May 6, 2013*
“We’ll be having a vigil at Smith Park in downtown Jackson at 5:45pm tomorrow afternoon. Another vigil is planned for the same time at the demonstration area of Parchman. Arrival time is between 4pm and 5pm. The gates shut at 5pm on the dot.”
Ben Russell, Mississippians Educating for Smart Justice, May 6 2013
“The FBI, in an unprecedented string of three letters, has admitted that two of its experts gave false testimony at Manning’s trial…”
Willie Manning v. State of Mississippi. Supplement to Motion to Stay Execution… May 7 2013†
“[That was] one of the hardest days of my life, you know. I was making that the execution was going to go through. It was, like, you got three hours you know.”
Marshon Manning (Willie’s brother), speaking about being with Willie on May 7, 2013
“Manning is finding plenty of support for a review of new evidence from the online community. Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites are asking people to get involved before the final hour of execution … it appears that the man who might be innocent is getting international attention.”
AllVoices, May 7, 2013
“Going through that whole process had left me in a way mentally that I could not explain. I still can’t… That was truly an experience…”
Willie Manning, writing about the stress of being hours from execution
“A Mississippi man scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday was granted a stay of execution by the State Supreme Court, after the United States Department of Justice sent lawyers and officials involved in the case several letters disavowing the degree of certainty expressed by F.B.I. forensic experts at the man’s trial.”
New York Times, May 7, 2013
“In my view, executing someone based on dubious evidence reflects more on the executioner than it does on the condemned.”
Andrew Cohen, May 8, 2013
* Willie Manning v. State of Mississippi. 2013-DR-00491-SCT. Reply to State’s Opposition. In the Supreme Court of Mississippi, May 6, 2013. State of Mississippi Judiciary. Web. May 6, 2018.
†Willie Manning v. State of Mississippi. 2013-DR-00491-SCT. Supplement to Motion to Stay Execution and Set Aside Convictions, Second Motion for Leave to File Successive Petition for Post-Conviction Relief, and Motion in the Alternative for Post-Conviction Relief. In the Supreme Court of Mississippi, May 7 2013. State of Mississippi Judiciary. Web. May 6, 2018.