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AG asks court not to delay execution

MONTGOMERY (AP)— The state attorney general is asking the Alabama and U.S. Supreme Courts not to delay the execution Thursday of one of the longest serving men on Alabama's death row.

Darrell Grayson, 46, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman Prison at Atmore. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the 1980 slaying of an 86-year-old widow, Annie Laura Orr of Montevallo.

Grayson has been on death row since his conviction in 1982. Of the 195 men on death row in Alabama, only five have been there longer than Grayson, according to the state Department of Corrections.

"In my opinion, justice has been delayed too long," Attorney General Troy King said Tuesday.

King responded after Grayson's attorneys asked the Alabama and U.S. Supreme Courts to delay the execution. They argued that Grayson shouldn't be put to death before a federal judge can hold a trial in October on claims by two other death row inmates that Alabama's lethal injection procedures are unconstitutionally cruel.

In court filings, Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw argued that there is no guarantee the trial will be held in October, and even if it is, a ruling and an appeal of that ruling could take years.

Crenshaw wrote that Grayson had lost every normal appeal of his capital murder conviction and now he is looking for any method to delay his execution.

Grayson had filed his own lawsuit challenging Alabama's execution procedures.

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