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Killer Gets Reprieve From Death Date

A DeSoto Parish convicted child killer was to have been put to death Wednesday for the brutal beating and scalding of his 6-year old stepson almost 22 years ago, but a judge in Baton Rouge has granted a reprieve.


70-year old Christopher Sepulvado was to have died by lethal injection, however, U.S. District Judge James J. Brady granted a stay Monday to allow additional time for review and responses to outstanding issues related to the execution.


Sepulvado was found guilty in 1992 for the death of Wesley Allen Mercer. A year ago he was scheduled to be executed, but plans were halted so the Louisiana Department of Corrections could provide the identity of the lethal drugs, manufacturer and expiration date of the drugs used in the Louisiana Death Chamber.


A trial on the constitutionality of the state’s execution protocol is set for April 7.

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