Tuesday, Oct 23, 2007 - 06:20 AM
BY The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has declined to reset the December execution scheduled for death row inmate Pervis Payne.
The court had already granted a request from Payne to push back his scheduled execution from last month to December 12th while he and other inmates challenge the state's three-drug lethal injection procedure.
But the state declined to vacate the date while those cases work their way through federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court is also expected to take up the issue.
But the state court says Payne should pursue a stay through the federal courts.
Payne was convicted in the fatal stabbings of a Millington woman and her 2-year-old daughter in 1987.