Convicted Mobile Cop Killer Set for Execution

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - Update January 25th 9:14 p.m.

Vernon Madison will not be executed tonight. The U.S. Supreme Court would not lift the temporary stay on Madison's execution. The new stay is considered a permanent stay because he will not be executed. The Alabama Attorney General's Office will schedule a new date for execution, but that date has not yet been set. 


The Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay for Vernon Madison. Meaning, the execution has been put on hold. 

Original Story

A Mobile man convicted of killing a Mobile Police Officer more than 30 years ago is set to be executed next week.  But lawyers for Vernon Madison were busy in court this week in an attempt to block the execution.

On Tuesday Mobile Circuit Court Judge Robert Smith denied a motion for a stay of execution for Madison.

Madison has been on death row for 32 years for the 1985 killing of Mobile Police Corporal Julius Schulte.

Lawyers from the Equal Justice Initiative have been representing Madison and argued in appeals that his dementia and health issues make his execution unconstitutional.  They were successful in getting a stay of execution just before Madison's execution date in May of 2016.

Finally, in November of last year, the case landed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court which denied the stay and cleared the way for his execution.

So, lawyers, this week went back to Mobile Circuit Court to start the ball rolling on last-ditch appeals.

Madison is scheduled to executed at Holman Prison in Atmore next Thursday, January 25th.


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