Federal appeals court denies Ga. inmate's appeal

July 20, 2011 - 7:29 PM
Georgia Execution

This undated prison handout photo shows convicted murderer Andrew DeYoung. DeYoung is to die at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011, for the 1993 slayings of his parents and teenage sister in suburban Atlanta, barring intervention by the Georgia Supreme Court or the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which are weighing his claim that the state's new lethal injection drug could cause him needless pain and suffering. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a stay of execution for a Georgia inmate who claims the state's plan to use a new lethal injection drug would cause him needless pain and suffering.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued late Wednesday allows the execution of Andrew DeYoung to go forward.

He was initially scheduled to die at 7 p.m. for the 1993 slayings of his parents and teenage sister. Officials are now waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.

Earlier in the day, the Georgia Supreme Court allowed a request by another death row inmate to videotape DeYoung's execution as part of his challenge to the state's execution procedure.

Death penalty experts say it would be the first known video recording of an execution since 1992.