Tenn. death row inmate appeals for stay of execution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attorneys for death row inmate Philip Workman asked a federal appeals court today to stay his execution set for next Wednesday.

His defense team is also reviewing revised execution rules released by the state yesterday to decide whether they should be challenged in court.

Workman has two appeals pending before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

His lawyers requested the stay of execution, claiming he was convicted on perjured testimony and that the state withheld evidence that would have established Workman's innocence.

Workman was convicted for the 1981 shooting death of Memphis Police Lieutenant Ronald Oliver.

He has twice been within hours of execution when courts stepped in to spare his life.

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