State Asks to Cancel Wednesday's Execution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state attorney general's office has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to cancel a scheduled execution date for a death row inmate.

Edward Jerome Harbison was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the beating death of an elderly woman in 1983.

But a federal judge ruled last week that the state's method of lethal injection is unconstitutional and ordered the state not to execute Harbison.

The state is still deciding whether to appeal the judge's ruling, but agreed to stop this week's execution. The Supreme Court must approve the stay.

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