Court temporarily stays Virginia inmate’s execution

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia death row inmate is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was stayed by a federal appeals court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted Ivan Teleguz’s execution, pending review of his petition by the nation’s highest court. Teleguz was set to be executed on April 13. Teleguz was convicted in 2006 of hiring another man to kill his former girlfriend. Since then, two key prosecution witnesses have recanted. Mike Williams, an attorney for Teleguz, said he looks forward to bringing the case to the Supreme Court. It was unclear whether the state was going to be able to execute Teleguz. Prison officials have said they don’t have enough lethal injection drugs to carry out executions.

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