Higher Court Denies Centobie Appeal

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A federal appeals court in Atlanta has refused to halt Thursday's scheduled execution of convicted murderer Mario Centobie.

On Tuesday, Montgomery Federal Judge David Proctor also refused to block the execution set for 6:00 p.m. at Holman Prison near Atmore.

The motion was filed Friday by a Montgomery lawyer without Centobie's permission. Centobie previously waived his rights to all appeals.

On Wednesday, the lawyer appealed Proctor's ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

A response from the state attorney general's office says the lawyer does not represent Centobie and the execution should go ahead.

The 39-year-old Centobie was sentenced to die by lethal injection in the slaying of Moody police officer Keith Turner in June 1998. Turner had stopped Centobie and another inmate who had escaped the custody of Jones County, Miss., Sheriff Maurice Hooks.

Hooks and a transport officer were not hurt, but were tied up and left in a barn in Florence, Miss., after Centobie and Jeremy Granberry overpowered them and fled in Hooks' patrol car.

Centobie was also sentenced to three life prison terms in the wounding of a Tuscaloosa police captain during his crime spree across Alabama.