William Mark Mize was granted a temporary stay of execution by the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday, with justices offering a trial judge time to rule on a motion for a new trial.
Mize, of Madison County, was to be put to death at 7 tonight for the 1994 murder of Eddie Tucker, a white follower who was shot and killed after he failed to burn down what Mize considered to be a crack house in Athens.
Mize’s attorney had filed a request for a new trial. Chief Judge Lawton Stephens of the Western Judicial Circuit on Monday denied the request for a hearing on the motion, but did not rule on the motion itself.
The order from the high court expires 24 hours after the judge rules.