The Latest: Inmate asks US Supreme Court for stay

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Posted: May 12, 2016 11:14 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Vernon Madison (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Lawyers for an Alabama inmate have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution scheduled for this evening.

Vernon Madison is scheduled to receive a lethal injection 6 p.m. Thursday for the 1985 murder of Mobile police office Julius Schulte.

Lawyers for the Equal Justice Initiative wrote that there are questions about the constitutionality of his death sentence since a judge rejected the jury's recommendation of life imprisonment.

The high court earlier this year struck down Florida's sentencing method because it gave the final decision to the trial judge instead of a jury. The Alabama attorney general's office has argued there are differences that make Alabama sentencing structure legal.

The appeal came after the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Madison's request for a stay.

7:33 a.m.

Alabama is preparing to execute a man convicted in the 1985 killing of a police officer.

Vernon Madison is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Atmore.

Madison was convicted of killing Mobile police Officer Julius Schulte. Schulte had responded to a domestic call involving Madison. Prosecutors said Madison crept up and shot Schulte in the back of the head as he sat in his police car.

A circuit court last month ruled Madison was competent to be executed despite a decline in his cognitive abilities after a stroke.

Madison would be the second inmate executed in Alabama this year.


This story has been corrected to show that Florida decision was in 2016, not 2015