MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to lift its order blocking the March 19 lethal injection set for Alabama death row inmate 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 Friday denied a request by the Alabama attorney general's office to lift the stay of execution granted on Feb. 11. The appeals court gave no explanation for its decision.
Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said Monday the state will challenge that decision before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Convicted in Dale County for the murder of Charles Eddie Shannon, Hallford has a civil rights suit challenging the use of lethal injection. The stay was issued because the 11th Circuit has set a March 31 hearing on that suit.
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