|Roman Colosseum lit to protest an execution|
In the most recent legal challenge, Puckett's lawyers argued that the execution should be blocked because prosecutors kept African Americans off the jury and Puckett's former lawyers unreasonably failed to challenge his conviction on this ground.
Over five thousand people signed an online petition in support of Puckett, and many gathered at the state Capitol on Monday to protest Puckett's execution and the execution of William Mitchell, which is scheduled for March 22nd.
Jim Craig of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, criticized Mississippi's legal system, which makes it impossible to fairly apply the death penalty: "Even though these cases have been going on for a long time, they really have not had their day in court. Neither of these two men have had their day in court. And it is time for people to stand up and say so and demand real justice according to law."
This is the tenth execution in the United States in 2012, the second in Mississippi.