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Alabama inmate asks court to keep execution on hold

(Source: Alabama Department of Corrections) (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

MONGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama inmate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep his execution on hold as he and other inmates challenge the state's lethal-injection procedures.

In a Tuesday court filing, a lawyer for Robert Melson argued that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was correct to halt the execution while it hears the inmates' appeals.

Melson and several other inmates are appealing the dismissal of lawsuits challenging the state's planned use of midazolam. They argue the sedative will not render them unconscious.

Melson was scheduled to be executed Thursday for the killing of three Gadsden restaurant employees during a 1994 robbery.

The Alabama attorney general's office is asking the high court to let the execution proceed. They argued midazolam's use has been upheld by the high court.

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