Execution date set for Alabama death row inmate

Derrick O'Neal Mason (Source: Alabama Dept. of Corrections)
Derrick O'Neal Mason (Source: Alabama Dept. of Corrections)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An execution date has been scheduled for an Alabama death row inmate charged with killing a 25-year-old clerk during a robbery at a Madison County convenience store.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Derrick O'Neal Mason of Huntsville be executed by lethal injection on Sept. 22 at Holman Prison in Atmore.

The 37-year-old Mason was convicted of the June 1993 slaying of Angela Cagle. He was accused of shooting Cagle at close range after ordering her to take her clothes off.

Mason would be the fifth person executed in Alabama this year. He would be the third person executed since the state changed the first drug used in its execution cocktail from sodium thiopental to pentobarbital.

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