Noel's Fate in Hands of Huckabee, Supremes

July 8, 2003 - Posted at: 4:04 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Riley Dobi Noel's life is in the hands of nine US Supreme Court justices and Governor Huckabee.

Noel has asked the court to consider whether an alleged brain abnormality should prohibit the state from executing him Wednesday night, and Huckabee is considering a request for clemency.

State lawyers say Noel is raising no valid issues in his appeal and the execution should proceed. They say his mental condition has been reviewed by other courts and Noel is presenting no new information.

Noel is to die by lethal injection for the slayings of three children in a southwest Little Rock home in 1995.

He is scheduled to die at 9 pm Wednesday at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner, becoming the 25th person executed in Arkansas since 1990.

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