A federal appeals court granted a stay of execution Friday for Robert Melson, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the shootings of three fast food employees at a Popeye’s in Etowah County in 1994.
Inmate Robert Melson. (Photo/ALABAMA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS)
Melson is challenging his execution on grounds that the three-drug cocktail Alabama uses for lethal injections “has failed to work properly.”
Thee 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay so it can rule on Melson’s challenge, which is also being appealed by four other death row inmates. More…