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Cal Brown's Execution Called Off

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WALLA WALLA -- The State Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Cal Brown just hours before he was scheduled to die for the murder of a 22-year-old woman.

In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the high court granted the last-minute appeal that was filed by Brown's lawyers Wednesday, after a Thurston County Superior Court Judge denied a stay of execution.

Brown was scheduled to die by lethal injection early Friday morning at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Brown was convicted of carjacking Holly Washa at knifepoint near Sea-Tac Arport 18 years ago. He robbed, raped and tortured the 22-year-old Burien woman before stabbing and strangling her.