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Federal Judge Grants Stay for Death Row Inmate

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge has issued a stay in an execution scheduled for next week for an Arkansas death-row inmate convicted of killing a university student at a coin-operated laundry in 1993.

Judge J. Leon Holmes issued the stay for inmate Terrick Nooner, who faced a September 18 execution date.  The stay comes after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled last month that a request for mental-health professionals to examine Nooner should be reconsidered in court.

Lawyers for Nooner have argued their request for the mental examinations was not an appeal of his original conviction in Pulaski County court.  Instead, the lawyers say, it was an attempt to get examinations the Dept. of Corrections has denied over the last year-and-a-half. 

Since his incarceration, Nooner has made a number of rambling legal filings and statements about people poisoning his food, sexually assaulting him, performing witchcraft and "shooting up my blood" with drugs and poisons.

Justice Brain, a federal public defender for Nooner, declined to comment on the judge's stay.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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