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Lisa Thomas and Chris, her collie escort, walk along U.S. 80 about 10 miles east of Selma on Sunday morning en route to Montgomery to appeal to Gov. Bob Riley to delay an execution scheduled for Thursday.
AP photo by Alvin Benn
Lisa Thomas and Chris, her collie escort, walk along U.S. 80 about 10 miles east of Selma on Sunday morning en route to Montgomery to appeal to Gov. Bob Riley to delay an execution scheduled for Thursday.

Death penalty foes urge DNA testing for death row inmate

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A Brewton woman has taken her efforts to persuade Gov. Bob Riley to delay an execution scheduled for Thursday to the road.

Lisa Thomas began walking to Montgomery on Saturday to participate in a rally on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday and ask Riley to order DNA testing for Darrell Grayson, scheduled to die by lethal injection.

"If 29 million people can call and vote for 'American Idol,' I hope they will get off their behinds and ask Gov. Riley to do the DNA test," Thomas said Sunday while walking along U.S. 80 east of Selma.

Selma lawyer Faya Toure, who walked with Thomas part of the way Sunday, said they want the state to begin administering post-conviction DNA testing.

"That should be a constitutional right because it's like a denial of due process and equal protection," said Toure, the wife of state Sen. Hank Sanders. "Most states in this country have such a law."

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AP contributed to this report.

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