October 8th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

Killer on Texas death row gets temporary stay of execution

The Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay of execution for a man convicted of the 1988 murder of a Dallas, Texas, convenience store security guard.

Gayland Bradford is scheduled to be executed Thursday.

His lawyers say Bradford is mentally disabled with an IQ of about 68. The Supreme Court has banned executions of the mentally disbaled but has established no clear standard of determining who meets that category.

The stay Friday afternoon by Justice Antonin Scalia gives Bradford's lawyers more time to file a full appeal on the constitutional issues surrounding his conviction and sentence.


- From CNN's Bill Mears

Filed under: Crime • Death Penalty • Texas
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  1. Norman

    yardtick writes: " If anyone harmed my family I would not just want them dead, I'd want to kill them myself.". However, the paragraph ends with: " Things like the death penalty should never have been allowed in a country that considers itself a country of laws. Killing someone for killing someone is simply stupid."

    Now what is that all about?

    October 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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