By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court judge granted a stay of execution to a convicted murderer Tuesday, two hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection.
Judge Gilbert S. Merritt on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay after a last-minute appeal was delivered to his home in Nashville.
Gov. Phil Bredesen denied Alley clemency shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected all his requests for a stay.
Alley confessed to killing 19-year-old Marine Suzanne Collins in 1985 while she jogged near a Navy base north of Memphis.