ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for Danny Joe Bradley, who is scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the rape and strangulation of his 12-year-old stepdaughter.
The 49-year-old faces lethal injection at Holman prison after 25 years on Alabama's death row.
Bradley's attorney sought a Supreme Court stay of execution to allow more court review of Bradley's civil rights lawsuit on a DNA-related issue from his trial in Calhoun County.
Lower courts had already denied that request.
Both the Alabama Supreme Court and the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier refused to block Bradley's execution - the second of five set in Alabama in the first five months of this year. The state had no executions last year.
Bradley was caring for Rhonda Hardin and her 11-year-old brother on Jan. 24, 1983, in Piedmont when the girl was slain.
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