Mississippi Carries Out Execution

The state of Mississippi has executed a 52-year-old man convicted of killing four people, including two children, in 1999.

Officials at the state penitentiary at Parchman said Tuesday that inmate Benny Joe Stevens was declared dead at 6:22 p.m.

He was sentenced to death in the quadruple killings at a mobile home in the Foxworth community of rural Marion County. Those killed were Stevens’ former wife, 38-year-old Glenda Lee Reid; her 38-year-old husband, Wesley Lee Reid; the Reids’ 11-year-old son, Dylan; and Dylan’s friend, 10-year-old Heath Pounds.

Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said Stevens’ father and brother visited the inmate Tuesday. Stevens also wrote a letter to his daughter, Erica, who survived the attack.

Epps says Stevens expressed remorse but told corrections officials that he doesn’t remember the killings.