A convicted murderer who is scheduled to be executed Wednesday began an appeal to a federal appeals court in San Francisco Sunday for a stay of his death penalty.
There could be yet another twist in this week’s scheduled execution of a convicted killer and rapist at San Quentin State Prison.
A U.S. District Court Judge refused to block death row inmate Albert Greenwood Brown’s execution. The decision paves the way for California’s first execution in nearly five years.
Lawyers for death row inmate Albert Greenwood Brown point to election-year politics as the reason their client was suddenly scheduled for a lethal injection this week.
California can proceed with its first execution in more than four years, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The state’s recently refurbished death chamber at San Quentin State Prison will be ready for a planned execution next week if a federal judge lifts the five-year moratorium on capital punishment in California, according to officials.