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Court Issues Stay of Execution for Darold Stenson

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WALLA WALLA, Wash-- New information about an execution planned for December 3rd at the State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

A Federal District Court issued a stay of execution for Darold Stenson. The stay was issued to allow Stenson time to challenge the use of lethal injection as the means of execution. 

The Attorney General's Office has moved to file an emergency appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and ask that court to lift the stay that the District Court has put in place. 

If the 9th Circuit Court lifts the stay the execution will still happen on Dec 3rd and if not it'll be rescheduled for 30-days later.

"Mr. Stenson is using every means at his disposal to avoid execution, every other avenue of appeal has been exhausted and even though the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled on the question of if lethal injection is constitutional, he is making this argument anyway in a last minute, last ditch attempt to avoid Dec. 3rd executionl," said Attorney General Rob McKenna. 

Stenson was convicted of murdering his wife and business partner in 1993 in Sequim.