Mississippi Pardons May Yield Manhunt

Attorney general may track convicted murderers freed by Gov. Haley Barbour.
2:05 | 01/12/12

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Opt -- in Mississippi. Over roughly 200 pardons issued by a tough talking Republican governor on his way out of office. Tonight there is a new twist the attorney general in Mississippi says he may launch a manhunt. To track down for convicted murderers who were set free by the governor's pardons. Here's ABC's Steve -- and summit. They are reeling in Mississippi in the -- no one can forgive -- David gatlin. Who shot his wife dead with their son in her arms he walked out of jail -- for the courts could step in and tonight no one knows where he years is -- Kolb limited. Well now. Green to mark his wife's sister worries he's coming back to the family to finish the she says governor -- Howard for freeing these men and then -- he just didn't. Count I think he didn't hear. I think he -- care. It's now clear that gatlin and three other convicted murderers were given that get out of jail free card because they worked in the governor's kitchen and -- his cars. Today lawmakers here are searching for ways to block the four partners of those convicted murderers. As well as the nearly 200 other pardons Barbour issued on his way out of office. The public just doesn't get it outdated data. -- lot of great things but I'm afraid that. In large measure this would tarnish his image as he -- home. When your fat redneck like me an accident like man you could say -- and Almeida standard. Governor Barbour has never been -- outspoken tough on crime crusader. Never afraid to speak his mind until now. We went looking for the governor -- new law firm trying to get an answer for the frightened families crying for reasonable explanation. Instead we were shown the door late now and called police to -- we. Unit in a brief written statement last night he said about 90% of these individuals were no longer in custody and a majority of them had been out for years. But not so for the murderers who worked at the governor's mansion. They were in for life. Steve -- on the ABC news Jackson.

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