Judge Blocks Alabama Execution

An Alabama death row inmate Thursday received a stay of execution, just hours before his scheduled lethal injection. U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose granted Christopher Lee Price a 60-day reprieve, after the convicted killer claimed that Alabama's lethal injection protocol botched previous executions. State attorney general Steve Marshall immediately appealed the ruling. Price was scheduled to die Thursday night for the 1991 murder of a pastor, during a robbery in Fayette County. Bill Lynn was home assembling Christmas gifts for his grandchildren when Price attacked him, using a sword and dagger. The victim suffered more than 30 cut and stab wounds. His wife was beaten. A second attacker, Kelvin Coleman, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. Earlier this week, a federal appeals court rejected a separate appeal from Price, who said he should have the right to die by nitrogen hypoxia. Price had missed a deadline for making the request.

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