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Schwarzenegger delays California's first execution in nearly five years [Updated]

September 27, 2010 |  3:53 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an order Monday delaying the execution of a convicted rapist and murderer by one day, postponing what would be the first death sentence carried out in California in nearly five years.

Schwarzenegger cited procedural reasons for the temporary reprieve, saying that an appeals court decision allowing the execution to be carried out would not take effect until Thursday, a day after the execution was previously scheduled.

The reprieve ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

[Updated, 4:40 p.m.: Albert Greenwood Brown Jr.’s execution has now been scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday.

Schwarzenegger allowed the delay so that Brown could exhaust his final appeals, said governor's spokeswoman Rachel Arrezola. She said the governor has yet to make a decision on Brown's request for clemency.]

Brown's lawyers have argued that his execution should not be allowed to go forward until a federal judge has thoroughly reviewed the state’s new procedures for carrying out lethal injections.

Brown was convicted in 1982 of raping and strangling a 15-year-old girl who went missing on her way to school.

-- Carol J. Williams