Nashville (AP) -- Convicted murderer Daryl Keith Holton of Shelbyville was granted a stay of execution Monday.
The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay some 12 hours before his execution in Nashville at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.
Holton has confessed to the assault rifle slayings of his three young sons and their half-sister. He had said he was taking them Christmas shopping in 1997.
The 44-year-old Holton had chosen the electric chair over the state's preferred method of lethal injection under a Tennessee law allowing death row inmates to choose between the two execution methods if their crimes were committed before 1999.
He would have been the first inmate put to death in Tennessee's electric chair since 1960.
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