A last ditch effort by the Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to execute Vernon Madison Thursday failed.
Around 8:30 p.m. the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a stay issued by an appellate court to delay Thursday’s scheduled execution.
Family and friends of Mobile Police Officer Julius Schulte have waited more than thirty years for Madison to die for his crime.
Madison shot Schulte in the back of his head as the officer sat in his patrol car while responding to a domestic call.
The court agreed with Madison’s attorneys that more time is needed to review claims that Madison is mentally incompetent because of strokes and dementia. So Thursday night, madison avoided lethal injection at Holman prison.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s move to delay the execution was a split 4-4 decision.
Thursday night Madison remained in an isolation cell and will be moved back to death row Friday.