Alabama inmate asks appeals court to halt execution

Christopher Eugene Brooks
photo Christopher Eugene Brooks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - An Alabama inmate on Monday asked an appellate court to halt his execution scheduled for next month.

An attorney for Christopher Brooks filed the appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge last week denied his emergency stay request.

Brooks is scheduled to be put to death Jan. 21 for the 1992 rape and bludgeoning death of Deann Campbell. The execution would be Alabama's first in more than two years and the first with the state's new three-drug combination for lethal injection.

Brooks has said his execution should be postponed until after a hearing in federal court on the constitutionality of the state's new drug combination.