NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A death row inmate whose execution is scheduled for December has asked for a stay while federal courts consider recent challenges to lethal injection procedures.
Pervis T. Payne, 40, was convicted in the fatal stabbing of a Millington woman and her 2-year-old daughter in 1987.
Payne argues that he has previously raised the same issues with lethal injection that a federal judge recently found unconstitutional.
Payne is asking the state to wait while that case goes through the courts and for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a similar case from Kentucky.
He was previously scheduled to die earlier this year before Gov. Phil Bredesen put a moratorium on executions to fix Tennessee's lethal injection method.