Alabama inmate set to die tonight asks U.S. Supreme Court for stay

Associated Press - June 10, 2010 5:14 AM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama death row inmate John Forrest Parker has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a last minute stay to stop his execution by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.

He is to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday for the 1988 murder-for-hire of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett. She was a 45-year-old grandmother who was stabbed repeatedly and beaten with a pipe at her Colbert County home.

Parker was convicted and condemned to die for the killing of Sennett. She was beaten and stabbed to death by two men who had been hired for $1,000 each by a third man. Prosecutors said they acted on behalf of her husband, the Rev. Charles Sennett, who committed suicide a week after the killing.

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