January 31st, 2012
01:52 AM ET

Attorney general: Getting pardoned Mississippi murderers difficult

Getting the convicted murderers pardoned by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour back in prison is like "being on a manhunt with one arm tied behind my back," the state's attorney general said.

Highlighting the difficulty is the case of Joseph Ozment, whom authorities finally located Monday in Wyoming, said Jim Hood, the attorney general.

"We can't treat him as an escapee. He has a document that says he's a free man as of now," said Hood. "All we have is a civil document we served him with. That is the most we can do. If he doesn't show up in court, we will move to hold him in contempt. That's the difficult part of this process."

Ozment's whereabouts had been unknown since his mother picked him up on January 8 after his release.

Ozment is one of four convicted murderers Barbour pardoned this month. The others are: David Gatlin, Charles Hooker and Anthony McCray.

Ozment did not appear at a court hearing in a case challenging the pardons.

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  1. L.A. Law

    More like a one legged man in an a$$ kicking contest... 😉

    January 31, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Clydster

    Its safer to live in prison in 20 years!

    January 31, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |