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High court delays execution of man said to be mentally deficient

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
Lawyers for Gayland Bradford say he is mentally deficient, with an IQ of about 68.
Lawyers for Gayland Bradford say he is mentally deficient, with an IQ of about 68.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stay of execution issued for Texas inmate
  • Gayland Bradford was convicted of killing a security guard in 1988
  • Bradford has an IQ too low to allow his execution, his lawyers say

Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay of execution for Texas death row inmate Gayland Bradford, who was convicted of the 1988 murder of a Dallas convenience store security guard.

The inmate's lawyers say he is mentally deficient, with an IQ of about 68. The high court has banned executions of the mentally deficient but has established no clear standard of determining who is in that category.

The stay, issued Friday afternoon by Justice Antonin Scalia, gives Bradford's lawyers more time to file a full appeal on the constitutional issues surrounding his conviction and sentence.

The court said if this "petition for a writ certiorari" is ultimately rejected by the court in coming days or weeks, this stay of execution would immediately expire.

From CNN's Bill Mears

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