After a court of appeals refused to over turn a judge’s earlier ruling, Anthony Bartee’s execution will be stayed, likely for a few months.
The issue was that Bartee’s civil rights were being violated, as he claimed that the prosecution was witholding evidence that could exonerate the convicted murder. Originally scheduled to die in Feburary of this year, Bartee’s execution was stayed while DNA evidence was tested. To date the evidence still hasn’t been tested.
However, the prosecutors claim that all the evidence has been tested and that there is nothing remaining to review.
Bartee has already been removed from the death holding cell, where he awaited his execution, and been returned to death row where he will remain until the DNA evidence is tested once and for all.