State Supreme Court sets May 17 execution for Alley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court today set a May 17th execution date for convicted killer Sedley Alley.

Alley was sentenced to die for the 1985 rape and murder of 19-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Suzanne M. Collins at the Millington Naval Air Station outside Memphis.

A year ago, the U-S Supreme Court refused to hear Alley's case, exhausting his appeals on the three-tiered court review process.

Collins was kidnapped while jogging, beaten, stabbed in the head with a screwdriver and sexually assaulted with a tree limb. Alley gave police a confession but now says his statement was coerced.

The state hasn't executed anyone since Robert Glen Coe in 2000.

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