Morales execution halted
California Department of Corrections photo
Bay City News Service
February 21, 2006, 6:35 p.m.
The execution of convicted murderer Michael Morales will not
proceed as scheduled this evening.
Lynn Holton, a spokeswoman for the California Judicial Council,
said the state Supreme Court will not consider a
petition submitted by Morales' attorneys for a writ of habeas
corpus and a stay of execution because the court has been
informed by the state attorney general's office that the execution
Morales was originally scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m.
today, but the execution was postponed
after two anesthesiologists who were to be in the death chamber
during the execution declined to participate because of ethical
The execution had then been rescheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m.
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