Execution Date Appears Near for Singleton

October 7, 2003 - Posted at: 4:37 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state attorney general's office today says it is preparing paperwork to request an execution date for Arkansas death row inmate Charles Singleton.

Singleton has argued that he is improperly being forced to take anti-psychotic drugs to keep him sane enough to be executed.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday turned away Singleton's appeal, clearing the way for the attorney general's office to make sure that requests for any existing stays be vacated.

Singleton is the longest-serving inmate on Arkansas' Death Row.  He was convicted in the 1979 stabbing death of a Hamburg grocer.

Singleton was appealing an Eighth Circuit decision that permitted the state to proceed with the execution.  It ruled that medication can render a mentally ill inmate fit for execution.

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