Alabama to seek new execution date for 67-year-old Vernon Madison

Vernon Madison

UPDATE
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on a Supreme Court decision in the case of death-row inmate Vernon Madison (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Alabama’s attorney general says the state will seek an execution date for an inmate in declining health since the U.S. Supreme Court has removed an obstacle to carrying out the death sentence.

Attorney General Steve Marshall says the state welcomes the court’s decision in the case of 67-year-old Vernon Madison. He was convicted of killing a police officer in 1985.

The justices on Monday unanimously reversed an appellate ruling that had blocked Madison’s execution. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled Madison is incompetent to be executed because he has suffered from strokes and doesn’t understand his death sentence or remember what he did.

The Supreme Court says evidence shows Madison knows he will be put to death as punishment even if he doesn’t remember the killing itself.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has removed an obstacle to Alabama’s efforts to execute a convicted killer who is in declining health.

The justices on Monday unanimously reversed an appellate ruling that had blocked the execution of 67-year-old inmate Vernon Madison.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that Madison is incompetent to be executed because he doesn’t understand his death sentence or remember what he did after suffering multiple strokes.

The Supreme Court said in an unsigned opinion that testimony shows Madison “recognizes that he will be put to death as punishment for the murder he was found to have committed.”

Madison was convicted in the 1985 killing of Mobile Police Officer Julius Schulte, who had responded to a domestic call involving Madison.

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