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Supreme Court stays execution of inmate who lawyers say is not competent

Supreme Court stays execution of inmate who lawyers say is not competent

Alabama had planned to put Vernon Madison, 67, to death on Thursday night, but less than a half hour before the execution was to take place, Justice Clarence Thomas issued a temporary stay.

Lawyers for the state of Alabama countered that Madison's lawyers raised the override issue with the Supreme Court the day before his scheduled execution, and the delay warrants denying the stay. In the appeal this week, Madison's lawyers said he is not competent to be executed because he is legally blind, can not walk without assistance and is unable to recall the murder or understand his punishment.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of Vernon Madison to review Madison's competency claims.

Lawyers for Alabama argue that Madison's own expert witness has testified that he understands what he was tried for and "the meaning of a death sentence".

The son of a slain Alabama police officer said his father should not be forgotten as courts and media focus on the legal wrangling over whether his father's killer should be executed. Justices will decide whether to let the execution go forward later Thursday.

In November, the US Supreme Court agreed with a state court ruling that Madison was mentally competent. He said his mother received hundreds of letters after her husband's death, including many from people who said Schulte helped them turn their lives around.

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While Madison's execution was briefly in limbo, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn was informed at about 8 p.m. the stay would not be lifted, effectively voiding Madison's death warrant, which expired at midnight.

Prosecutors said Madison shot Schulte in the back of the head after he responded to a call from Madison's girlfriend.

Defense lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution. He requested two oranges as his last meal.

"He does not understand why the state of Alabama is attempting to execute him", they continued.

The Alabama attorney general's office told justices in a filing Monday that the state's high court previous year ruled the execution could proceed and should do so again.

Prosecutors said Madison shot Schulte in the back of his head as he was sitting in his police auto finishing paperwork after responding to a missing child report.

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