|Roman Colosseum lit to protest an execution|
Jackson killed the children (ages 2 to 5) in 1990 when he went to his mother’s home to try to steal a safe. He also stabbed his sister, Regina Jackson, five times. Regina survived. She was the mother of the two girls who were killed. The boys who were killed were the sons of her sister Glenda.
Governor Phil Bryant denied clemency despite pleas for mercy from Regina Jackson, her sister Glenda and Glenda's husband, Andrew Kuyoro. Regina asked for her brother's life to be spared because she “just can’t take any more killing.” She told the Governor, "as a mother who lost two babies, all I'm asking is that you not make me go through the killing of my brother." The Kuyoros had written that "we are the victims in this case, and we are begging you not to let Curtis be killed. You can keep him in Parchman forever, but please don't put our family through this horrible execution."
This was the nineteenth execution in the United States this year, and the fourth in Mississippi.