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Appeals Court Denies Plea To Stop Ala. Execution

Montgomery, AL – A federal appeals court has rejected a last-moment plea from Alabama death row inmate Leroy White that his execution be stopped.

White is set to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday by lethal injection in the death chamber at Holman Prison in Atmore for the 1988 shotgun slaying of his estranged wife, Ruby. Ruby White was a first grade teacher in Huntsville.

White asked for a stay because his former attorneys did not inform him of a key ruling in his case and caused him to miss a deadline to appeal his conviction. But a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stop the execution in a ruling late Tuesday.

White has also asked the Alabama Supreme Court to stop the execution.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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