Inmate's Execution Stayed by US Supreme Court

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A condemned killer avoided the nation's busiest death chamber Thursday night when the U.S. Supreme Court gave him a reprieve.

Attorneys for Carlton Turner Jr. had appealed to the high court hoping the justices' review of lethal injection procedures in Kentucky could keep him from execution.

Turner was condemned for killing his adoptive parents at their Irving home in 1998.

The court said in a one-paragraph order that it had granted his stay of execution.

The order came more than four hours after he could have been executed and less than two hours before the death warrant would have expired at midnight.

Thursday night, Turner told prison officials, "All I can say is all glory to God."

The Supreme Court order made no mention of its reasons for stopping the punishment. The court announced earlier this week that it will review lethal injection procedures in Kentucky.