Man convicted of 1987 Millington murder seeks stay of execution

Published: Sep. 28, 2007 at 12:53 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A death row inmate whose execution is scheduled for December has asked for a stay while federal courts consider recent challenges to lethal injection procedures.

Pervis T. Payne, 40, was convicted in the fatal stabbing of a Millington woman and her 2-year-old daughter in 1987.

Payne argues that he has previously raised the same issues with lethal injection that a federal judge recently found unconstitutional.

Payne is asking the state to wait while that case goes through the courts and for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a similar case from Kentucky.

He was previously scheduled to die earlier this year before Gov. Phil Bredesen put a moratorium on executions to fix Tennessee's lethal injection method.

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