Friday, October 20, 2006

Appeals Court Rejects Rolling's Latest Challenge

POSTED: 1:58 pm EDT October 20, 2006

UPDATED: 2:39 pm EDT October 20, 2006

STARKE, Fla. -- A federal appeals court in Atlanta turned down the latest appeal of serial killer Danny Rolling on Friday.

Rolling is scheduled to die on Wednesday for the slayings of five college students in Gainesville in 1990.

The court rejected his motion for a stay of execution and denied him permission to file new appeals in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee. His lawyer filed documents using the same issues raised by Arthur Rutherford, who was executed Wednesday at Florida StatePrison for the 1985 murder of a Milton woman.

Those included challenges to the chemicals used in the execution process, the American Bar Association's report on Florida's capital punishment system and claims that application of Florida's death penalty is inconsistent and "freakishly imposed."

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