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Gus3/24/2010 4:38:55 pm PDT

Looks like we have a stay of execution.

High court gives last-minute stay to condemned Texan

Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution late Wednesday for a condemned Texas inmate who is requesting DNA testing of evidence in his case.

The order was handed down less than an hour before Henry “Hank” Skinner, 47, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection for the New Year’s Eve 1993 killings of his live-in girlfriend and her two sons.

The Supreme Court granted the temporary stay while it considers whether to take up Skinner’s broader appeal. It was not immediately clear when the court might consider the case, but there was no indication a decision would be made before Thursday.

Skinner’s attorneys maintain that DNA testing of the evidence could establish his innocence and determine the real killer.

“Since his arrest in the early morning hours of January 1, 1994, Mr. Skinner has always and consistently maintained that he did not commit the crimes for which he was convicted,” defense attorney Robert Owen wrote this month in a 30-page letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry seeking a 30-day reprieve of Skinner’s execution…

Kind of glad about this. We’ll have to see how this plays out.