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Ala. inmate executed in killing of estranged wife

Alabama has executed a death row inmate for the 1988 shooting death of his estranged wife as he held their 17-month-old daughter in one of his arms.

Fifty-two-year-old Leroy White died by lethal injection Thursday night despite a plea by the daughter, now grown, that his life be spared.

He was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. Central time. He had no last words.

White was sentenced to die for the shooting death of Ruby White, a first grade teacher in Huntsville. Her relatives, including 23-year-old daughter Latonya White, asked Gov. Bob Riley to grant clemency. But Riley, along with federal and state courts, refused to halt the execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the execution before denying his plea for a stay.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a convicted killer in Alabama.

Justice Clarence Thomas had issued a temporary stay shortly before the execution of Leroy White was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.

A temporary stay gives the court additional time to consider legal arguments in the case. About two-and-a-half hours later the stay was denied.

White was sentenced to die for the 1988 shotgun slaying of his estranged wife, Ruby. White fired while holding their 17-month-old daughter in his arms.

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, the Alabama Supreme Court and a federal judge in Alabama declined to intervene in the execution earlier Thursday.

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