The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday denied North Carolina's request to proceed with the execution of Sammy Crystal Perkins. His execution had been scheduled for this Friday.
Last week, US District Judge Terrence Boyle issued his second stay of execution for Perkins, who was convicted of raping and killing a 7-year old girl in 1992. His execution had initially been scheduled for May 21, 2004, but was stayed by Judge Boyle on May 10. AP has more.