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State Asks Court To Reject Plea To Stop Execution

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Attorney General's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reject death row inmate John Forrest Parker's petition to stop his execution.

Parker had filed a motion last week asking the court to stay the execution because the trial judge overrode the jury's recommendation that Parker be sentenced life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw filed a motion with the court Tuesday saying Parker's claims concerning the judge's override have already been considered by several courts during the appeals process. Crenshaw also argued that Parker waiting too long to raise the issue.

The 42-year-old Parker is scheduled to die Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore. He received the death sentence for the 1988 murder-for-hire death of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett of Colbert County.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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