URGENT High Court Clears Way For Alabama Execution
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the Friday execution of Alabama death row inmate Arthur Lee Jones Jr.
The justices, by a 5-4 vote, turned down an emergency request aimed at keeping Jones alive until the high court considered a formal appeal filed in his behalf Thursday afternoon.
Jones was scheduled to die in Alabama’s electric chair at 12:01 a.m. Friday for the 1981 shooting death of William Hosea Waymon, a 71-year-old cab driver. Jones also was convicted of the 1981 murder of a Baldwin County storekeeper.
Voting to spare Jones’ life were Justices William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, and John Paul Stevens. The five who voted to let Jones die were Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, and Justices Byron R. White, Lewis Powell, William H. Rhenquist and Sandra Day O’Connor.