U.S. Supreme Court Will Allow Execution, Alabama Still Delays Death Warrant
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early Friday that Alabama can proceed with the execution of a death row inmate whose lawyers argued that lethal injections had been botched in the past, causing a painful death.
But the order came too late, as the death warrant expired at midnight Thursday and Alabama prison officials called off the execution for that night.
A three-sentence order, released by the court shortly before 3 a.m.
ET, vacated lower court rulings that delayed the execution of Christopher Price, 46, for 60 days.
Four of the nine-member Supreme Court dissented, breaking along conservative and liberal lines.
The four judges considered liberals dissented, arguing for the stay of execution.
It was unclear early Friday how quickly Alabama can proceed, according to Reuters.
On Thursday, a U.S. appeals court temporarily halted the execution earlier on Thursday of Price.
Prince was convicted of killing a minister and wounding his wife with a sword and dagger while robbing their home three days before Christmas in 1991.