Court overturns La. man's stay of execution
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court overturned a judge's order today which canceled the execution of a DeSoto Parish man convicted of beating and scalding his 6-year-old stepson to death in 1992.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled U.S. District Judge James Brady abused his discretion when he stayed the Feb. 13 execution date for Christopher Sepulvado.
Brady ruled in February that Louisiana officials provided too little information about the execution methods and the drug that will be used in the lethal injection.
However, the 5th Circuit panel said it found "no equitable basis for further delay."
Sepulvado was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Wesley Mercer at his Mansfield home.