LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – A Ragley man convicted of murdering and raping a 4-year-old Moss Bluff girl has an execution date.
The American Press reports state District Judge Mike Canaday signed the order Wednesday for Jason Reeves to be executed by lethal injection on Aug. 15 for the Nov. 12, 2001, abduction, rape and murder of Mary Jean Thigpen.
Thigpen’s body was found two days later at LeBleu Cemetery off La. Highway 397.
Although it was in 2004 that Reeves was found guilty of capital murder, District Attorney John DeRosier said a date had not been set as Reeves appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court, both of which upheld his conviction and sentence.
“This case warrants the death penalty,” DeRosier said. “This was a young, 4-year-old girl who was brutally assaulted and murdered and left out in LeBleu Cemetery.”
Louisiana has executed 28 people since the death penalty was reinstated in 1979, but only two in the past decade, according to the Death Penalty Information Center website.
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