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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - Prison officials are making final preparations for Washington state's first execution since 2001.

Convicted murderer Cal Coburn Brown is scheduled to die by lethal injection early Friday. On Thursday night, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the ruling of a federal judge in Seattle who declined to block the execution.

Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Washington state Supreme Court both denied appeals.

Brown claims he's incompetent because of mental illness. According to court documents, he suffers from bipolar disorder.

He was convicted in the 1991 rape, torture and murder of 21-year-old Holly Washa near Sea-Tac airport. Brown was hours from being executed in March 2009 when he received a last-minute stay over the constitutionality of Washington's lethal injection policy.

The state has since changed its execution method from a three-drug cocktail to a one-drug injection.
    
   

KHQ iPHONE BLOG UPDATE: King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg says about the Cal Brown execution "it is time to respect the honor of Holly Washa... Cal Brown is the right person, and this is the right time for Washington's death penalty." He says he is as confidant as he can be the execution will move forward.

KHQ iPHONE BLOG: Cal Brown still in death row cell he has been in for a while. Will be moved working hours to execution holding cell. Talked with family and attorneys on phone today.
Brown had an extended 2hr break outside cell today. Had standard prisoner bfast of biscuit and gravy Declined lunch of PBJ Requested for last dinner: Pizza, apple pie, Root Beer....12 witnesses tonight.

Browns mood said to be "resigned to what is going to happen tonight"

Tom

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle has refused to halt Washington's first execution in nine years.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour on Thursday denied Cal Coburn Brown's request. His lawyers had repeated a claim that he is incompetent to be executed due to mental illness. The state attorney's office says Brown has no other current pending motions.

Earlier Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court and state Supreme Court denied separate requests to halt the execution. The 52-year-old Brown is set to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Friday for the 1991 murder of a 21-year-old Seattle-area woman.


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