Sibley Execution

George Sibley Death Row
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Gov. Bob Riley has refused to delay this evening's scheduled execution of a man convicted of capital murder in the 1993 shooting death of an Opelika police officer.

George Sibley Junior, who also has an appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, had asked Riley to delay the execution for six months.

The governor, in a statement, said, "there is no new evidence that would justify such a delay."

Sibley, who is 62, is set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at Holman prison near Atmore for the shooting death of Opelika police Officer Roger Motley.

Sibley's common-law wife, 54-year-old Lynda Lyon Block was executed in 2002 for her role in the shooting death of Motley. The police officer was gunned down by both in a Wal-Mart parking lot when he approached their car after a passer-by said a child in the car had asked for help.

At the time of the Opelika officer's killing, the two were fleeing from Orlando to avoid being sentenced on assault convictions in the stabbing of Block's 79-year-old former husband during an argument.