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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to overturn stay of execution for man convicted of killing Mobile officer

Vernon Madison (Source: Department of Corrections) Vernon Madison (Source: Department of Corrections)
ATMORE, AL (WAFF) -

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution for a man convicted of killing a Mobile police officer in 1985.

Vernon Madison was scheduled to be executed Thursday, May 12, but filed a petition contending that he is mentally incompetent to be executed.

Thursday night, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn the stay of execution that stopped Madison's execution.

The Circuit Court says they need more time to review Madison's claim that he is no longer competent because of having strokes and suffering from dementia.

Madison’s motion for COA is GRANTED as to the following issues:

  • (1) Whether the state court’s decision that Madison is competent to be executed is contrary to or involves an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law.
  • (2) Whether the state court’s decision that Madison is competent to be executed was based on an unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evidence presented in the state court proceeding.

Madison was convicted of killing officer Julius Schulte in 1985.    

His lawyers say they will argue this before a court in late June.

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