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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
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Alabama death row inmate Robert Melson granted stay of execution by federal appeals court

Robert Melson
Robert Melson
A federal appeals court granted a stay of execution Friday for Robert Melson, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the shootings of three fast food employees at a Popeye's in Etowah County in 1994. 

Melson is challenging his execution on grounds that the three-drug cocktail Alabama uses for lethal injections "has failed to work properly."

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay so it can rule on Melson's challenge, which is also being appealed by four other death row inmates.

"To enable us to process these consolidated appeals in an orderly fashion, we grant Melson's application for a stay," the court said in its ruling. "His execution is accordingly stayed pending our resolution of these appeals."

Melson's attorney, John Palombi, said in a statement sent to AL.com that he was "pleased with the ruling.

"This allows the court to take time deciding the important issues surrounding Alabama's execution protocol, particularly whether the present protocol violates the Constitution," he said.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Melson has been on death row since May 1996. He was convicted along with Cuhuatemoc Peraita in the shooting deaths of fast-food employees Tamika Collins, 18, Nathaniel Baker, 17, and Darrell Collier, 23, during a robbery of a Gadsden's Popeye's restaurant. 

A fourth person, Bryant Archer, was shot four times but survived; Archer identified Melson as the shooter in the incident.

Source: al.com, Howard Koplowitz, June 2, 2017

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Anonymous said…
been there since 1996 and these lawyers are always coming up with nonsense like this
Anonymous said…
you look into his eyes nobody is there

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