An Alabama inmate is set to be executed by lethal injection.
Christopher Lee Price, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 slaying of pastor Billy Lynn, has been scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman prison.
The 46-year-old death row inmate was temporarily spared last month when a federal district court blocked his execution hours before his death warrant expired.
Price had waged a battle that he should receive death by nitrogen gas instead, but the US Supreme Court said the inmate had waited too long to request the alternative method. The state has authorized the practice, which his lawyers argue would be less painful, but there hasn’t been an official procedure developed.
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Supreme Court justices ultimately vacated the 11th-hour stay on Price’s execution — but the decision came too late for officials to proceed with the April 11 lethal injection.
The state then set a new execution date — even though a federal district court had scheduled a trial for June 10 to hear Price’s challenge to the lethal injection process.
Price was convicted of killing 57-year-old Lynn in a robbery at the pastor’s home in Fayette County while the man was wrapping Christmas presents for his grandchildren.
With Post wires