Alabama Supreme Court refuses to stop January execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to stop an execution scheduled for January.

Justices by a 9-0 decision on Monday refused inmate Christopher Brooks’ request to stop his execution. A federal judge is expected to rule soon on Brooks’ request for a stay.

Brooks is scheduled to be put to death Jan. 21 for the rape and bludgeoning death of Deann Campbell more than 20 years ago. The execution would be Alabama’s first in more than two years.

However, Brooks has argued the execution should not be carried out until a court decides the constitutionality of the state’s new lethal injection drug combination.

The state has opposed a delay, arguing Brooks is using the lethal injection challenge as a last-minute ploy to avoid the death chamber.

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