Alabama asks court to allow execution set for this week

AP News
Posted: May 09, 2016 3:20 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is asking a federal judge to allow an execution to move forward later this week.

The state attorney general's office filed documents Monday opposing a bid by 65-year-old Vernon Madison to postpone his execution, now scheduled for Thursday.

Madison's lawyers claim strokes and dementia have left the prisoner incompetent to face lethal injection for killing Mobile police officer Julius Schulte in 1985.

But prosecutors say an expert determined Madison understands the court process and the reason he's facing the death sentence despite a stroke. They say there's little chance Madison would win an appeal.

Documents show Madison shot Schulte in the head as he sat in his police car after responding to a call about a domestic dispute involving Madison.