Sherman judge halts execution

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Judges have halted two executions set for next month in Texas.

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A federal judge in Sherman has stopped the November 6th execution of a man set to die for killing a Tyler woman and stealing her purse and car in 1997.

It's the third reprieve for Allen Bridgers, whose attorneys say he's mentally retarded.

The victim was Mary Amie.

The inmate's 2006 scheduled execution was stopped after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered his case back to Smith County, for the trial court to consider whether he's retarded.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that mentally retarded people can't be executed.

A judge in Fort Worth has halted an execution on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision to consider whether lethal injection is legal.

Dale Devon Scheanette was scheduled to die for killing a teacher's aide in her Arlington apartment bathtub. The December 1996 rape and beating victim was Wendie Prescott.

A judge withdrew the execution date, citing other cases that were halted.

Last month the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to lethal injection from inmates in Kentucky.

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