Georgia inmate's scheduled execution is stayed

A superior court judge has stayed the execution of a man who had been scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening for the 2001 killings of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter.

Butts County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson said Tuesday evening that the planned execution of Nicholas Cody Tate has been stayed until further order of the court.

Tate had originally been scheduled to be put to death by injection at 7 p.m. for the murders of Chrissie Williams and her daughter Katelyn. He was convicted of their deaths after a court heard he led a violent robbery at their Paulding County home culminating in their slayings.

Lauren Kane, a Georgia Attorney General's office spokeswoman, said earlier that the execution was delayed by plans for new appeals.