U.S. Supreme Court delays execution of convicted fast-food killer

MONTGOMERY (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider arguments in the appeal of the death sentence of a man accused of killing three people during a robbery at a Gadsden fast food restaurant.

The Gadsden Times reported that the decision Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court will likely further delay the execution of Robert Bryant Melson. He had been scheduled to die this month, but the Alabama Supreme Court granted a stay of execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision asks the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to hold further hearings on Melson's appeal even though he had earlier missed a deadline for filing his appeal.

Melson was 1 of 2 men accused of rounding up employees of Popeye's Restaurant during a late night robbery, leading them into a cooler and shooting them.

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