SC man granted stay of execution

June 20, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Prison officials say lawyers for South
Carolina are fighting to vacate a federal court order that halted
the scheduled execution of a man who killed his ex-girlfriend's

James Earl Reed had been scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Friday. A
federal judge in Columbia issued the stay at 5:40 p.m. after a
defense attorney's last-minute request for the execution to be

Prisons spokesman Josh Gelinas says lawyers with the state
Attorney General's Office have filed a motion to vacate the stay in
appellate court. They filed the same motion with the U.S. Supreme
Court in case Reed takes his case to the next level.

Reed was convicted of murdering Joseph and Barbara Lafayette in
their Charleston County home in 1994.

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