The Clarion-Ledger, 6/24/8

Dale Leo Bishop could become the second death-row inmate put to death in Mississippi since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the use of lethal injection in April.

State Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to set Bishop’s execution on or before July 23.

Bishop, 34, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000 for the kidnapping and slaying of 22-year-old Marcus Gentry of Fulton, who was beaten with a claw hammer on a dirt logging road outside Saltillo on Dec. 10, 1998.

Hood’s request comes after the U.S. Supreme Court refused without comment Monday to hear an appeal from Bishop.