PARCHMAN, Miss. — The state of Mississippi has executed a man convicted of killing four people, including two children, in 1999.
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Officials at the state penitentiary at Parchman said 52-year-old Benny Joe Stevens was declared dead at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday after his execution by injection.
Stevens had been sentenced to death for the killings at a mobile home in Mississippi's 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 he didn't remember the killings.
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