Friday, Oct 26, 2007 - 09:54 AM
By Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today agreed to hold a hearing at the request of the Alabama attorney general's office on the stay of execution granted by a
three-judge panel for multiple-murderer Daniel Lee Siebert.
But the court did not lift the stay that blocks Siebert's lethal injection that had been set for 6 p.m. today.
He claimed his cancer medication would counteract with a lethal injection and inflict unnecessary pain. The 53-year-old Siebert has been on Alabama's death row for more than 20 years and has terminal pancreatic cancer.
A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit yesterday reversed a Montgomery district judge's order and granted the stay of execution.
Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw asked the full 11th Circuit to hear the case. Today, the full court agreed to a hearing, but did not immediately set a date.
The court also did not lift the stay of execution. Siebert was sentenced to die for the February 1986 strangulation deaths of 24-year-old Sherri Weathers and her two young sons at their Talladega apartment.
He was also convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the slaying of Linda Jarman, a neighbor of Weathers.