US Supreme Court asked to halt Ala. execution

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for death row inmate James Harvey Callahan have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his lethal injection, which is scheduled for Thursday for the 1982 murder of a Jacksonville woman.

The petition for a stay of execution was filed Wednesday - one day after the Alabama Supreme Court refused to block the execution.

Callahan was twice convicted for the Feb. 3, 1982 slaying of Rebecca Suzanne Howell, who was abducted from a coin-operated laundry. The body of the 26-year-old Jacksonville State University student was found weeks later, dumped in a creek.

Callahan, now 62, faces execution at Holman Prison near Atmore.

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