A death row inmate is asking the U-S
Supreme Court to stop his execution so the courts can review
evidence that he has a long-standing brain injury. The inmate also
asked a Wake County judge to stop the execution.
But the local judge said Wednesday he can't rule until he gets more
Attorneys for Marcus Reymond Robinson also filed a lawsuit
against the state in Wake County Superior Court. They're seeking a
stay so issues about the ethics of a doctor attending the
execution, as required by state law, can be examined.
Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens says he wants the state to
tell him Thursday whether an execution protocol that doesn't
include a doctor participating has been approved. The judge says
the law requires that it be approved by the governor and council of
The lawsuit was filed in conjunction with inmate James Edward
Thomas, who is scheduled to be executed February 2nd for a slaying
and sexual assault he says he doesn't remember.
Robinson is scheduled for execution Friday morning at 2.