Execution Stayed on Retardation Claim

From Times Wire Reports

The execution of a man convicted of murder was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court pending a review of his claim that mentally retarded inmates should not be put to death.

Attorneys for the 51-year-old Alabama man sought to block his execution until the high court decides in a North Carolina case if it is constitutional to execute the mentally retarded. A ruling in the North Carolina case is expected in the fall.

The court blocked the execution of Glenn William Holladay, scheduled for 12:01 a.m. today, but could lift the stay if it decides not to give Holladay's case a full review.

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