Simmons is set to die at 6 p.m.
PARCHMAN -- Condemned killer Gary Carl Simmons Jr., 49, has indicated that he plans to say a few last words just prior to his scheduled execution in the shooting death and dismemberment of a Texas man in August 1996.
Simmons since 2 p.m. has visited with his sister, Belinda Simmons Bowen, and his brother-in-law, Anthony Bowen, MDOC Commissioner Christopher Epps, said at a 4:45 p.m. briefing.
In addition, his attorney, Harvey Barton, and Simmons' spiritual advisors visited with him.
Simmons has eaten at least half of his last meal and sampled everything except a bag a chips, though he's still eating ice cream. Epps said he also was reading a book.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied any last-minute stay.
Simmons did not wish to shower or take a sedative and remains under observation, Epps said. He said Simmons' mood improved after he met with his spiritual advisors.
Earlier today, Simmons expressed remorse for the August 1996 shooting death and dismemberment of Jeffery Wolfe, 21, and the kidnapping and rape of Wolfe's girlfriend, Charlene Leaser.
Leaser was raped, tied up and locked in a metal box before she eventually escaped the home with her life.
In 1997, a jury convicted Simmons, a Pascagoula grocery store butcher, and his ex-brother-in-law, Timothy "Timmy" Milano, 34, of capital murder in the killing.
Milano shot Wolfe six times in the back shortly after he (Wolfe) and his girlfriend arrived at Simmons' home in Moss Point.
Wolfe, with his girlfriend in tow, had driven from Houston, Texas, to see Simmons and Milano to collect on a $12,000 marijuana drug debt. Wolfe's family, however, says Wolfe was not a drug dealer, but had instead driven to Mississippi to buy some tires and rims for his vehicle.
Wolfe and his girlfriend, Charlene Leaser, arrived at Simmons' home first, with Milano showing up minutes later.
Simmons and Milano didn't have the money to pay Wolfe.
Milano shot Wolfe and Simmons grabbed Leaser, forcing her into his bedroom, where he tied her hands and feet together and locked her in metal box. He later stripped her of her clothing and raped her.
She wrestled free from the rope that bound her when Simmons and Milano went to clean out the couple's belongings from their motel room.
Leaser testified she realized no one was home when the phone rang and rang. She kicked and kicked until she broke the lock on the metal box, jumped out, grabbed some clothes and ran to a neighbor's house. They called for help.
South Mississippi authorities described the case as one of the macabre slayings in recent history.
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