December 16, 2003 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state parole board is recommending that Governor Mike Huckabee deny a clemency request from a mentally ill death row inmate facing execution next month.
Charles Singleton, condemned for killing Hamburg grocer Mary Lou York in 1979, is to be put to death January 6 as part of a double execution.
The state Post Prison Transfer Board's five-one decision that Huckabee refuse clemency for Singleton was announced yesterday.
A spokesman for the governor said Huckabee, who has signed Singleton's death warrant, won't likely announce a decision on the clemency request soon. Jim Harris said the governor will carefully review the case first.
Singleton is the longest-serving death row inmate. He is scheduled to die along with Karl Roberts, who was convicted in the death of his 12-year-old niece, Andria Nichole Brewer. Roberts has said he wants to die.