Alabama AG Opposes Delaying Bradley Execution

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - State prosecutors asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to delay Thursday's scheduled execution of Danny Joe Bradley, saying 25 years have passed since the rape and strangulation of his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King told the court Tuesday it's time for this litigation to come to an end. He says the 49-year-old Bradley has exhausted his state and federal appeals.

Bradley attorney Theodore Howard earlier asked the high court to block his client's lethal injection at Holman prison near Atmore. He says he needs more time for court review of DNA-related issues from Bradley's Calhoun County trial in the death of the stepdaughter, Rhonda Hardin.

But King argued Bradley was unlikely to succeed with further court action, so a stay should be denied.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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