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Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia

Sagarica

This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows a police mug shot of Vernon Madison, who is scheduled to be executed for the 1985 murder of Mobile police officer Julius Schulte on Thursday. Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proceed with this weeku2019s scheduled execution of the 67-year-old inmate whose lawyers say can no longer remember his crime. The Alabama attorney generalu2019s office told justices in a filing Monday that the stateu2019s high court last year ruled the execution could proceed and should do so again.
This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows a police mug shot of Vernon Madison, who is scheduled to be executed for the 1985 murder of Mobile police officer Julius Schulte on Thursday. Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proceed with this weeku2019s scheduled execution of the 67-year-old inmate whose lawyers say can no longer remember his crime. The Alabama attorney generalu2019s office told justices in a filing Monday that the stateu2019s high court last year ruled the execution could proceed and should do so again.

Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia

ATMORE: The US Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago.

Justices issued a stay Thursday night, the same evening that Vernon Madison was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at a southwest Alabama prison. The court delayed the execution to consider whether to further review the case.

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