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Bishops ask Jindal to stop Ash Wednesday execution

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Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:05 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2013 12:05 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Catholic bishops asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop a state execution scheduled for Ash Wednesday.

Christopher Sepulvado was convicted of killing his 6-year-old stepson 20 years ago, and is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13.

The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops said the execution at the beginning of the Christian holy season of Lent "would be inconsistent with the Lenten call for reconciliation and redemption and an unnecessary tragic irony."

Jindal, who is Catholic, didn't immediately respond to the request.

Sepulvado's lawyers also appealed the execution, claiming there's not enough information about which drugs the state will use.

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