Friday, 26 October 2007

11th Circuit Will Hold Hearing On Siebert Execution Stay

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.

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