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02:36  09 june  2017
02:36  09 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Alabama to execute man who killed 3 in fast food restaurant robbery

  Alabama to execute man who killed 3 in fast food restaurant robbery Alabama is set to execute a man on Thursday for the 1994 murders of three fast-food workers during a late-night robbery. Alabama plans to put Robert Melson, 46, to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) at its death chamber in Atmore. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 13th this year in the United States and the second in Alabama in 2017.Melson was convicted of murdering James Nathaniel Baker, 17, Darryl Collier, 23 and Tamika Collins, 18, during a robbery at a fried chicken fast food restaurant in Gadsden, about 115 miles northwest of Montgomery.

A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

This undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections, shows Robert Bryant Melson, in Atmore, Ala. Melson is scheduled to be executed June 8, 2017, in Alabama by lethal injection after being convicted of killing three fast food restaurant employees during a 1994 robbery. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)© The Associated Press This undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections, shows Robert Bryant Melson, in Atmore, Ala. Melson is scheduled to be executed June 8, 2017, in Alabama by lethal injection after being convicted of killing three fast food restaurant employees during a 1994 robbery. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

ATMORE, Ala. — The Latest on the execution of Alabama inmate Robert Melson (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily halted the death of an Alabama inmate as it reviews his request to block his execution over questions regarding a sedative's effectiveness.

Alabama to execute man for '94 killing of fast-food workers

  Alabama to execute man for '94 killing of fast-food workers The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked the execution of an Alabama inmate as it considers his claim that Alabama will use an unreliable drug at the start of the procedure. Robert Bryant Melson, 46, was scheduled to die at 6 p.m. CDT by lethal injection Thursday evening at a south Alabama prison. The court issued the stay about 15 minutes before the procedure was to begin. Justices must decide by midnight whether to halt the execution or let it proceed before the death warrant expires.Melson was convicted in the shooting deaths of three fast food restaurant workers during a 1994 robbery.

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Justices issued the temporary stay Thursday evening about 15 minutes before 46-year-old Robert Bryant Melson was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection.

Melson was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 robbery of a fast food restaurant.

Alabama to execute man for '94 killing of fast-food workers

  Alabama to execute man for '94 killing of fast-food workers The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked the execution of an Alabama inmate as it considers his claim that Alabama will use an unreliable drug at the start of the procedure. Robert Bryant Melson, 46, was scheduled to die at 6 p.m. CDT by lethal injection Thursday evening at a south Alabama prison. The court issued the stay about 15 minutes before the procedure was to begin. Justices must decide by midnight whether to halt the execution or let it proceed before the death warrant expires.Melson was convicted in the shooting deaths of three fast food restaurant workers during a 1994 robbery.

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A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

Melson's attorneys argued that Alabama plans to use an ineffective sedative that will not render Melson unconscious before other drugs stop his lungs and heart. They cited the December execution in which an Alabama man coughed and heaved for 13 minutes.

His attorneys argued the execution showed "the horrific results of using midazolam in a way it was never intended — as an anesthetic."

The Alabama attorney general's office had asked for the execution to proceed arguing the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld midazolam's use and allowed other executions to proceed using it. Alabama has executed three inmates using midazolam.

Court stays Alabama execution to decide on use of drug

  Court stays Alabama execution to decide on use of drug MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An appellate court has halted an Alabama execution scheduled for next week.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the emergency stay to Robert Melson. The court halted the execution as it decides appeals from Melson and other inmates who claim the sedative midazolam that is used by Alabama will not render them unconscious before other drugs stop their lungs and heart.Melson was scheduled to be executed June 8 for killing three Gadsden restaurant employees during a 1994 robbery.

A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

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5:30 p.m.

Lawyers for a condemned Alabama inmate have filed a stay of execution with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Alabama Supreme court both refused to halt the execution of 46-year-old Robert Melson on Thursday. He is schedule to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT.

Melson was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 robbery of a fast food restaurant.

Court stays Alabama execution to decide on use of drug

  Court stays Alabama execution to decide on use of drug MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An appellate court has halted an Alabama execution scheduled for next week.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the emergency stay to Robert Melson. The court halted the execution as it decides appeals from Melson and other inmates who claim the sedative midazolam that is used by Alabama will not render them unconscious before other drugs stop their lungs and heart.Melson was scheduled to be executed June 8 for killing three Gadsden restaurant employees during a 1994 robbery.

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A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

Melson's attorneys again cited the December execution in which an Alabama coughed and heaved for 13 minutes.

His attorneys argued the execution showed "the horrific results of using midazolam in a way it was never intended."

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5:10 p.m.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an Alabama inmate's request to halt his execution.

The appellate court issued the ruling Thursday afternoon about an hour before 46-year-old Robert Melson is scheduled to receive a lethal injection.

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The state argued the sentence was appropriate and legally sound. The latest decision from the court capped a whirlwind of filings and orders Thursday evening. The U . S . Supreme Court has again temporarily halted the planned execution of an Alabama inmate.

A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

Melson was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 robbery of a fast food restaurant. His attorneys made a flurry of last-minute appeals seeking to stop the execution.

A panel of three judges on the 11th Circuit denied one stay request Thursday. The second request, also denied Thursday, was filed in a related case before the 11th Circuit in which other Alabama inmates are challenging the humaneness of the state's lethal injection procedure.

Melson' lawyers wrote that he is scheduled for execution using a protocol "that has never been determined to be constitutional." The state has urged the 11th Circuit to let the execution proceed.

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2:55 p.m.

Lawyers for an Alabama death row inmate are making another last-minute bid to halt his execution.

Attorneys for 46-year-old Robert Bryant Melson on Thursday filed another request with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.

The filing came just a few hours before Melson is scheduled to die by lethal injection at a south Alabama prison. Melson was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 robbery of a fast food restaurant.

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A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams’ execution , one of two planned for Monday night. In a late afternoon

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A panel of three judges on the 11th Circuit denied one stay request Thursday. The subsequent request from Melson was filed in a related case before the 11th Circuit in which other Alabama inmates are challenging the humaneness of the state's lethal injection procedure.

The state has urged the 11th Circuit to let the execution proceed.

Melson' lawyers wrote that he is scheduled for execution using a protocol "that has never been determined to be constitutional."

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1:30 p.m.

The Alabama Supreme Court and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have both refused to stop the execution of an Alabama inmate convicted of killing three people during the 1994 robbery of fast food restaurant.

Justices on Thursday denied a stay of execution for 46-year-old Robert Bryant Melson who is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT.

He was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 robbery of a Popeye's in Gadsden, 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Birmingham.

Melson's attorneys argued about the effectiveness of a sedative the state plans to use at the start of the execution. They claim Midazolam does not reliably render an inmate unconscious before other drugs stop the lungs and heart.

The Alabama attorney general's office had asked for the execution to proceed arguing the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Midazolam's use and allowed other executions to proceed using it.

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3:00 a.m.

Alabama is preparing to execute an inmate for the shooting deaths of three fast food restaurant workers during a 1994 robbery.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Bryant Melson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday evening.

State prosecutors say Melson robbed a Popeye's restaurant in Gadsden, 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Birmingham. They say Melson ordered the employees into the restaurant's freezer and opened fire, killing three and wounding another.

Melson's attorneys asked appellate courts to halt the execution in order to review the constitutionality of Alabama's lethal injection protocol. Melson and other inmates are appealing a judge's dismissal of lawsuits that argues Alabama plans to use the sedative midazolam that has been linked to what they say were problematic executions.

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