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Jun 4, 2012 10:13 PM

Execution Set For Man Convicted Of Killing 4 Kids

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The sister of a man set to be executed Tuesday said she will ask the governor to spare her brother's life, even though he was convicted of murdering two of her children and two of her nephews and trying to kill her.

Henry Curtis Jackson Jr. killed his two nieces and two nephews, ages 2 to 5, when he went to his mother's home in Leflore County looking for money from a safe on Nov. 1, 1990, according to the court record.

His mother was at church that day, but Jackson's adult sister, Regina Jackson, was there with her two daughters and four nieces and nephews. Her two daughters were killed in the attack.

Regina Jackson told The Associated Press that she planned to meet with Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday and plead for her brother's life.

"Over the years, I've done forgave Curtis. If they do that (execution), it's only going to hurt more. If they kill him, they're doing the same thing that he did. The dying is going to have to stop somewhere," she said.

Curtis Jackson's attorney, Robert Davis Jr. of Tupelo, filed a clemency request with Bryant's office last week.

Bryant's spokesman, Mick Bullock said Monday that, Bryant "is reviewing the facts associated with this case and has no further comment at this time."

Bryant, a Republican and former deputy sheriff, has not granted clemency to a condemned inmate since taking office in January.

Jackson, 47, has appealed the case over the years but hasn't been successful in the past. He has said he doesn't remember stabbing the children, but testimony from his trial describes a horrific scene.

He cut the phone line before going in the house, according to the court record. Once inside, he demanded money and attacked his sister.

One of the children tried to help, but he stabbed her too. At some point, Regina Jackson tried to fight him off with an iron rod, but he grabbed one of the children and used her as a shield.

Regina Jackson testified at trial that she was in and out of consciousness after being tied up and stabbed in the neck, but she could hear her brother dragging a safe down a hall. The noise woke up 5-year-old Dominique, one of her daughters.

"Regina testified that Jackson called Dominique to him, told her that he loved her, stabbed her, and tossed her body to the floor," according to the court record. "Jackson returned to Regina, stabbing her in the neck and twisting the knife, at which point she pretended to be dead until she heard him leave."

Jackson turned himself in to the West Point Police Department and allegedly confessed to some details. He was convicted and sentenced to death on four counts of capital murder after a trial in September 1991. The trial was held in Copiah County after Jackson's defense attorney requested a change of venue.

His mother, Martha Jackson, said Monday that she has forgiven her son and plans to visit him before the execution.

"If I don't forgive him, God don't forgive me," she said.

Martha Jackson said she's not sure if she'll watch the lethal injection, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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