Cal Coburn Brown's execution set for 12:01 a.m. Friday - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cal Coburn Brown's execution set for 12:01 a.m. Friday

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash.- A Thurston county judge has denied a "stay of execution" for Cal Coburn Brown, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection one minute after midnight Friday morning. Brown received the death penalty for the 1991 rape and murder of 22-year old Holly Washa.

After the appeal was denied, Brown's lawyers immediately filed another appeal, this time to the Washington Supreme Court, which this week already refused to delay the execution on different grounds. The appeals argue that Washington's procedure for administering lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

It's an argument that's earned another death row inmate a hearing in May and Brown's lawyers say it would be unjust to proceed with Brown's execution before the matter is settled.

Brown was caught after he kidnapped and raped a second woman in California, who was able to escape and call police. After his arrest in that case, he pointed authorities to Holly Washa's body.

Brown has two last chances to avoid lethal injection: if Governor Gregoire issues a reprieve, or if the Supreme Court upholds his latest appeal. Prosecutors say neither scenario is likely.

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