AG gets more time to reply to ’96 slayings appeal

The attorney general’s office has been given more time to respond to Curtis Giovanni Flowers’ latest appeal of his conviction for the 1996 slayings of four workers at a Winona furniture store.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has given Attorney General Jim Hood until Sept. 18 to response to Flowers’ arguments. Flowers’ attorney will then have until Oct. 18 to file a rebuttal.

Two trials in Montgomery County ended with hung juries. Three trials ended in convictions, but the high court reversed them. Flowers’ fourth conviction came in 2010. He was sentenced to death.

Flowers was convicted of capital murder for the July 16, 1996, fatal shootings of Tardy Furniture store owner Bertha Tardy, 59; and employees Carmen Rigby, 45; Robert Golden, 42; and Derrick “BoBo” Stewart, 16. All had been shot in the head.