Court hears Ala execution challenge

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has heard arguments on
whether an Alabama death row inmate's challenge to the state's
method of execution was properly dismissed.

A lawyer for inmate Phillip Hallford told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that a federal judge in Mobile should have heard Hallford's challenge to Alabama's lethal injection protocol.

The state's lawyer argued the appeal was filed too late under court rules.

The 11th Circuit last month granted a stay of Hallford's March 19 execution.

The 61-year-old Hallford was convicted in Dale County for the 1986 shooting death of his 15-year-old daughter's boyfriend.

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

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