Alabama Inmate Meets with Family Day Before Execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Death row inmate Max Landon Payne is
spending the day before his scheduled execution visiting with a dozen friends and relatives at Holman Prison near Atmore.

Payne is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Thursday by lethal injection. He received the death sentence for the 1992 kidnapping, robbery and murder of Cullman County store owner Braxton Brown on March 23, 1992.

As of Wednesday, no last minute appeals had been filed on Brown's behalf. Gov. Bob Riley had received several letters asking him to grant clemency to Payne. The governor had taken no action on those requests.

Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said there didn't appear to be any legal obstacles that might stop the scheduled execution.

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