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Mississippi Execution Delayed: A Mississippi woman sentenced to death for the murder of her husband was scheduled to be executed Thursday evening, but was granted a temporary reprieve while the state Supreme Court reviews her post-conviction motion.  Marlena Baldacci of CNN reports that after the delay, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a motion with the state's high court to schedule another execution date for 57-year-old Michelle Byrom, but that motion was ultimately denied.  If the execution is carried out, Byrom would become the first female prisoner executed in the state in 70 years.

Repeat Felon Arrested in Navy Ship Murder: The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has identified 35-year-old Jeffrey Savage as the person responsible for killing a Navy sailor on board the USS Mahan earlier this week.  WAVY News reports that Savage has a violent criminal past and was sentenced to almost four years in prison for a manslaughter conviction in 2008, but was released after serving only a year and a half behind bars.  Officials say Savage attempted to board the USS Mahan Monday evening and was confronted by a sailor on the ship, a struggle ensued and Savage killed Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo.  Authorities are still unsure why Savage, a civilian truck driver, was trying to board the Navy ship.

Newlywed Sentenced for Murdering Husband: A Montana woman who pushed her husband off of a cliff just eight days after their wedding day will have to spend the next thirty years of her life behind bars.  Sasha Goldstein of the New York Daily News reports that 22-year-old Jordan Graham pled guilty to second-degree murder and admitted to pushing her husband off a 200 foot cliff during an argument at Glacier National Park last summer.  Graham, who was convicted in federal court, will have to serve her entire 30 year sentence without the possibility of parole.


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