MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has set a Jan. 21 execution date for a man convicted of raping and murdering a woman more than 20 years ago.
If carried out, the death sentence against Christopher Brooks would mark Alabama's first execution in more than two years.
Justices handed down the order Monday setting the execution date. A federal judge on Monday also allowed Brooks to join a lawsuit filed by death row inmates challenging the state's new lethal injection drug combination as cruel and unusual punishment.
U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins said that Brooks has until Dec. 4 to file for a stay of execution.
Brooks was convicted for the 1993 murder and rape of Deann Campbell of Homewood.