UPDATE (4-24-12) — The Texas attorney general’s office is appealing and asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to remove the stay of execution.
UPDATE II (4-25-12) — Well that didn’t last long. The The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the reprieve. I guess Bunky and Linda are going to have to cancel their honeymoon plans after all.
Also, since the execution is a Go again, I’m closing the comments to this post. You can continue the conversation over at the Execution Watch thread for Bunky.
Damn. I was almost finished writing the Execution Watch post for Beunka Adams when I read on the Houston Chronicle that a judge has granted him a reprieve today:
A 29-year-old convict set to die this week for a fatal shooting during the robbery and abductions at an East Texas convenience store has won a reprieve from a federal judge.
Beunka Adams was set for lethal injection Thursday evening in Huntsville for the September 2002 slaying of 37-year-old Kenneth Vandever outside Rusk. Vandever and two women were abducted during the robbery, one of the women was raped, and all three were shot. The women survived.
Lawyers for Adams convinced U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider in Texarkana, Texas, that the execution should be delayed until the courts review allegations that Adams had poor legal help in the early stages of his appeals.
It’s unclear if the Texas Attorney General’s office would or could appeal Monday’s ruling.
Well, the good news is that the post won’t go to waste, as I’m sure this is just another speed bump before the inevitable date with a gurney. And I guess it gives him and his new wife-to-be (Linda Jay-Wiltshire) a few extra days to enjoy their sickness.
Which makes me wonder: Is the Texas Tribune’s anti-death penalty activist Brandi Grissom a maid of honor in the Adams-Wiltshire wedding?
So it looks like the next on the schedule will be Anthony Bartee, who is still scheduled for execution on May 2.
Question to some of my much more knowledgeable commenters: What next? Is there still a chance that the Attorney General’s appeal would be granted before Thursday’s planned execution? How much time does this buy Adams?