Inmate Asks Appeals Court to Halt Execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers for an Alabama inmate are asking an appellate court to halt his upcoming execution.

Attorneys for Vernon Madison filed the stay request Wednesday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lawyers said the 65-year-old inmate’s mental decline from strokes and dementia has left him without a rational understanding of why the state plans to execute him.

65-year-old Vernon Madison
65-year-old Vernon Madison

Madison was convicted in the 1985 killing of Mobile Police Officer Julius Schulte. Prosecutors said Madison crept up and shot Schulte in the head as he sat in his police car after responding to a call about a domestic dispute involving Madison.

Madison is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday.

The state attorney general’s office told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that a lower court decided correctly that Madison is mentally competent and can be executed.

The request comes after a circuit judge ruled Madison competent, and a federal judge refused to halt the execution.

The state says the court properly applied the law when it determined Madison had a rational understanding of his impending death.

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