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Ark. Court Delays Inmate Execution

March 9, 1998

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ The Arkansas Supreme Court delayed an execution Monday so a judge could consider whether it was proper to give the death penalty to a prisoner who might be insane without medication.

Charles Singleton, who was scheduled to die by injection on Wednesday, has refused to stop taking anti-psychotic drugs even for mental evaluations that could help with his appeals.

He received a stay of execution hours after he was moved to a cell 30 feet from the death chamber. He has been on death row half his 38 years for the 1979 slaying of a Hamburg grocer during a robbery.

The high court directed a state judge to hold a hearing on whether Singleton would be sane enough without medication to understand why he was being executed.

The state had argued that Singleton was not being forced to take the medication and that it was proper to execute him.

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