Miss. Gov. Barbour Pardons Convicted Killer

Published January 9, 2012 7:54PM (EST)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Relatives of crime victims say Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least three convicted murderers who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor's Mansion.

The relatives of three victims told The Associated Press corrections officials notified them that the men were scheduled for release Sunday.

Barbour's office hasn't responded to numerous messages. Barbour, a Republican, leaves office on Tuesday.

State corrections officials confirmed Monday that Barbour pardoned David Gatlin, convicted of killing his estranged wife in 1993. Gatlin was released Sunday.

Joann Martin of Fort Worth, Texas, says Barbour pardoned Anthony McCray, convicted in 2001 of killing his wife, who was Martin's sister.

Mark McAbee of Coldwater, Miss., says Barbour also pardoned Joseph Ozment, who was convicted in 1994 of killing McAbbe's uncle during a robbery.

State officials haven't responded to questions about other pardons.

By Salon Staff

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