Delay Sought for October 16 Execution

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas death-row inmate scheduled to die this month has asked a federal court for a stay of his execution pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on lethal injection.

A filing on behalf of 43-year-old Jack Harold Jones says his execution should be halted as the Supreme Court considers a case out of Kentucky over whether lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.

Jones is scheduled to be executed October 16 for the 1991 rape and slaying of Bald Knob bookkeeper Mary Phillips.  He was also convicted of an attack on the woman's 11-year-old daughter during the violence.

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