The United States Supreme Court and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have both refused to stay the execution of Donald Beardslee. Barring any last minute reprieve, California will execute Beardslee at one minute after midnight tonight. Beardslee's lawyers have asked the Governor for a 120 day reprieve to allow the federal courts time to review evidence regarding the constitutionality of the chemicals used in lethal injection. This reprieve is doubtful considering the Governor's refusal of clemency earlier today.
If Beardslee is executed, it will be the first execution in California in over three years.
Last reprieve for Beardslee? Clemency and appeals are denied