Huckabee to set Execution date for Longest Serving Death Row Inmate

November 5, 2003  -- Posted at 7:23 AM CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR  --Governor Huckabee is to review the case of condemned killer Charles Singleton and set an execution date. Attorney General Mike Beebe says Singleton has exhausted all his appeals and his execution should go forward.

Singleton argued against his execution, saying that he is mentally ill and cannot, by law, be put to death.

But Singleton is given anti-psychotic drugs and the state says that makes him mentally competent to be put to death. Singleton is the longest-serving inmate on death row in Arkansas.

He was convicted in the 1979 stabbing death of Hamburg grocer Mary Lou York. York identified Singleton as her killer before dying.

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