Alabama ask 11th Circuit to allow Dale County man's execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama prosecutors have asked a federal
appeals court to lift its order blocking the March 19 execution set for Phillip Hallford in the 1986 shooting death of his daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend.

The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 11 issued a stay of execution for Hallford, who had filed a civil rights suit challenging the use of lethal injection.

Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw on Wednesday said Hallford, convicted in Dale County, had not requested a stay and he's unlikely to succeed with the lawsuit because the courts have already upheld use of lethal injection.

Crenshaw asked the 11th Circuit to allow the lethal injection as scheduled.

The stay was issued because the appeals court has set a March 31 hearing on Hallford's suit.

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

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