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US Supreme Court Denies Stay For Dill Execution

Mobile, AL – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for convicted killer Jimmy Lee Dill.

The 49-year-old Dill is scheduled for lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Alabama Supreme Court also denied a similar request.

The Birmingham man has been on death row nearly 20 years. He was moved to a special cell and had a final meal of fried chicken, okra and a biscuit washed down by a root beer.

He has had 19 visitors, mostly relatives including his son Jimmy Johnson.

Prosecutors say Dill has exhausted appeals of his May 24, 1989, capital murder conviction in the cocaine-related shooting and robbery of Leon Shaw.

Shaw was shot in the head Feb. 8, 1988, with a .22-caliber bullet and lingered unconscious until his death on Nov. 22, 1988.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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