USA. SUPREME COURT HALTS EXECUTION OF CONVICTED MURDERER IN TEXAS
September 28, 2007: The US Supreme Court stepped to halt the execution of a Texas man convicted of killing his parents nine years ago.
Carlton Turner Jr., received a stay handed down by the US Supreme Court, according to Michelle Lyons, public information director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
"We received notification of a stay shortly before 10:30 p.m. (CST)," Lyons said. "He is being transported back to the Polunsky Unit in Livingston (Texas).
"We asked him how he felt and he said, 'All I can say is glory to God,'" she added.
Turner's lawyers filed appeals asking the court to consider whether lethal injections should continue in the state. Earlier in the week, members of the Supreme Court decided to consider executions in Kentucky and whether or not they will be considered cruel and unusual punishment under the constitution.
Though Texas justice officials received notice of a stay, no reason was given for why Turner's execution was not carried out.
When Turner was convicted of murdering his adoptive parents, Carlton Turner Sr. and Tonya Turner, he claimed the pair abused him. (Sources: Afp, 28/09/2007)