Alabama Execution

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Gov. Bob Riley has rejected condemned murderer Tommy Fortenberry's plea for clemency and says he will not stop Fortenberry's execution.

The 39-year-old Fortenberry is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday. He was convicted of killing four people during a robbery on Aug. 25, 1984, at an Attalla service station.

Fortenberry filed an appeal Tuesday to the Alabama Supreme Court asking that his execution be stopped. One of Fortenberry's attorneys, Edwin Klett of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says the appeal for a stay is based partly on the fact that Riley did not personally attend the clemency hearing. The hearing was conducted by the governor's legal adviser, Troy King.

Riley's press secretary, David Azbell, says the governor made his decision not to grant clemency after meeting with King. Azbell says the governor is not required to hold a clemency hearing and does not have to be present.