Friends Recall Fallen Officer as Execution Date Looms

Barring a last minute stay, a man convicted of murdering a Mobile police officer will be put to death Thursday night.

Vernon Madison is set to die by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.

He was found guilty in the death of Julius Schulte who was shot in the back of the head while sitting in his car in 1985.

“It was just so senseless, here sat an innocent man in his car and he was shot,” said former Mobile County District Attorney Chris Galanos, who prosecuted the case.

Galanos says Schulte was a personal friend and 30 years is much too long of a wait for justice.

“it tells me that the system is broken. I don’t know that if you could in any way rationally justify 30 years from the date of a conviction to the date of an execution,” said Galanos.

“He was the kind of guy that would assist younger officers if they needed some mentoring and he was the kind of guy that was always there,” said John Graham a former MPD officer and co-worker. “He was just a very thoughtful kind and considerate man.”

Tuesday a federal judge denied a stay of execution for Madison.

His lawyers claim strokes and dementia have left the 65-year-old prisoner incompetent to face lethal injection.

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