- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on the planned execution of Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a death row inmate this week.

Vernon Madison is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday night for the 1985 murder of Mobile police office Julius Schulte.

Justices on Wednesday afternoon denied a request from Madison’s lawyers to halt the execution. Lawyers with the Equal Justice Initiative asked for a stay, arguing Alabama’s death penalty sentencing structure is similar to Florida’s. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s sentencing method because it gave the final decision to the trial judge instead of a jury.

A jury recommended Madison receive life in prison. A judge sentenced him to the death. The Alabama attorney general’s office has argued there are differences which make Alabama sentencing structure legal.

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3:15 p.m.

Lawyers for the state of Alabama are asking an appellate court to allow the execution of a death row inmate this week.

Vernon Madison is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday night for the 1985 murder of Mobile police office Julius Schulte.

The state attorney general’s office told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that a lower court decided correctly that Madison is mentally competent and can be executed.

Madison’s lawyers have asked the appeals court to block the execution, arguing that strokes and dementia have left him incapacitated and unable to understand he is facing the death penalty.

The state says the court properly applied the law when it determined Madison had a rational understanding of his impending death.

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12:58 p.m.

Lawyers for an Alabama inmate are asking an appellate court to halt his upcoming execution.

Attorneys for Vernon Madison filed the stay request Wednesday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lawyers said the 65-year-old inmate’s mental decline from strokes and dementia has left him without a rational understanding of why the state plans to execute him.

Madison was convicted in the 1985 killing of Mobile Police Officer Julius Schulte. Prosecutors said Madison crept up and shot Schulte in the head as he sat in his police car after responding to a call about a domestic dispute involving Madison.

Madison is scheduled to be executed by injection on Thursday.

The request comes after a circuit judge ruled Madison competent, and a federal judge refused to halt the execution.

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