Execution stayed for Ga. white supremacist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A white supremacist could be put to death as
early as Wednesday after a Georgia judge corrected a legal glitch
that delayed his execution just hours before it was set to take
place.

William Mark Mize was convicted of killing one of his own followers. He was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the 1994 murder of Eddie Tucker, who was shot to death after he failed to burn down what Mize considered to be a crack house in Athens.

The Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay Tuesday. The court held
that Chief Judge Lawton Stephens of the Western Judicial Circuit
had denied Mize's request for a hearing, but did not rule on the
motion.

Mize denied the motion late Tuesday afternoon. The top court's stay expires 24 hours after Stephens' new ruling.

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


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