Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:33 pm EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States voted 4-4 in regards to lifting the stay of execution for Vernon Madison granted by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Since the Supreme Court was equally split, the lower court's decision will stand. Vernon's execution was stayed to allow more time to review the claims that multiple strokes have left him incompetent and unable to understand why he is being executed.
Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2016 2:28 pm EDT
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Vernon Madison, scheduled for later this evening. Vernon's execution was stayed to allow more time to review the claims that multiple strokes have left him incompetent and unable to understand why he is being executed. The Alabama Attorney General has announced that he plans to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:40 pm EDT
The Alabama Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay the execution of Vernon Madison. Vernon is being represented by the Equal Justice Initiative, which has requested that his execution be stayed in order to allow time to litigate a challenge to Alabama's death penalty process, based on the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in Hurst v. Florida, which found Florida's death penalty sentencing process unconstitutional. Inmates in Alabama are arguing that since Alabama's process is similar to Florida's, it is also unconstitutional.
Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 3:18 pm EDT
Mobile County Circuit Judge Robert H. Smith has rejected a request to stay the execution of Vernon Madison. Vernon's lawyers were arguing that his execution should be stayed as Alabama is currently reviewing the state's death penalty statue due to last year's ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on Florida's death penalty statue, which is similar to Alabama's.
Updated: Monday, May 9, 2016 12:42 pm EDT
Vernon Madison's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Sixty-five-year-old Vernon is convicted of the murder of Officer Julius Schulte on April 18, 1985, in Mobile, Alabama. Vernon has spent the last 30 years on Alabama’s death row.
On April 18, 1985, Officer Julius Schulte was dispatched to the home of Cheryl Green to investigate the disappearance of Cheryl’s 11-year-old daughter. Schulte was not in uniform or in a marked car, however, he was wearing a badge that identified him as a member of the Mobile Police Department. Upon his arrival, Cheryl’s daughter had already returned, however, neighbors had asked the police officer to stay until Cheryl’s ex-boyfriend, Vernon Madison left, as the two were having a domestic dispute.
Cheryl and Madison had broken up a few days before and he had returned to Cheryl’s home in order to retrieve some of his belongings. Madison was angry, believing that Cheryl had called the police on him. When Officer Schulte arrived, both Cheryl and Madison approached him in his vehicle and spoke with him. Madison left the building a short time later. Madison walked a block away to where a former girlfriend was waiting in her car.
Madison retrieved a pistol from the car and returned to the apartment building. He walked up behind Officer Schulte, who was still in his vehicle and shot him twice in the head at point-blank range. Officer Schulte died later that day. He then shot twice at Cheryl before fleeing the scene. She survived her injuries. He later admitted to an acquaintance that he had “just killed a cop.”
Madison was arrested the following day. He was convicted and sentenced to death in November of 1985. He had his sentence twice overturned and each time he was re-sentenced to death. Madison's lawyers are arguing that since being in prison, Madison has suffered from several strokes, which have caused him to loose his sight and slur his speech. Additionally, they claim that the strokes have impaired his mental competency and that he is no longer able to understand why he is being executed. Madison's lawyers claim that his execution must be halted.
An Alabama judge has ruled that Vernon Madison is competent to be executed. A competency hearing was held in April, allowing Vernon's lawyers to present their evidence that several strokes had left Vernon unable to understand why he was being executed, which is grounds to halt an execution. After examining all evidence, the judge ruled that Vernon was competent and his execution could proceed as scheduled. Vernon's lawyers have appealed to a federal court.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Julius Schulte. Please pray for strength for the family of Vernon. Please pray that if Vernon is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Vernon may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
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