WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama's attorney general says the state will seek an execution date for an inmate in declining health since the U.S. Supreme Court has removed an obstacle to carrying out the death sentence.
Attorney General Steve Marshall says the state welcomes the court's decision in the case of 67-year-old Vernon Madison. He was convicted of killing a police officer in 1985.
The justices on Monday unanimously reversed an appellate ruling that had blocked Madison's execution. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled Madison is incompetent to be executed because he has suffered from strokes and doesn't understand his death sentence or remember what he did.
The Supreme Court says evidence shows Madison knows he will be put to death as punishment even if he doesn't remember the killing itself.