WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has removed an obstacle to Alabama's efforts to execute a convicted killer who is in declining health.
The justices on Monday unanimously reversed an appellate ruling that had blocked the execution of 67-year-old inmate Vernon Madison.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that Madison is incompetent to be executed because he doesn't understand his death sentence or remember what he did after suffering multiple strokes.
The Supreme Court said in an unsigned opinion that testimony shows Madison "recognizes that he will be put to death as punishment for the murder he was found to have committed."
Madison was convicted in the 1985 killing of Mobile Police Officer Julius Schulte, who had responded to a domestic call involving Madison.
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