Court Rejects Plea to Delay Execution

Atlanta, GA – The 11th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday rejected James Barney Hubbard's request to delay his execution. He's scheduled to die by lethal injection at six P-M Thursday at Holman Prison near Atmore. At 74 years of age, he's Alabama's oldest death row inmate, and he would be the nation's oldest person executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Hubbard says his execution would be a form of cruel and unusual punishment because of his advanced age and dementia. Hubbard was sentenced to die for killing Lillian Montgomery of Tuscaloosa in 1977.