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CHILD MURDERER FILES FOR STAY OF EXECUTION

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An attorney for John Albert Taylor has filed for a stay to postpone Taylor's execution scheduled next week for the rape-slaying of a child.

Second District Judge David Roth last November ordered Taylor to die by lethal injection next Wednesday at Utah State Prison.Court clerk Laurie Carroll confirmed Gravis had filed a motion for a stay of execution at 4:43 p.m. Thursday, shortly before the Weber County Courthouse closed. She said the motion would be given to Roth first thing Friday for his consideration.

It was Roth who in November signed the death warrant setting the Jan. 15 date of Taylor's execution for the June 23, 1989, rape and strangulation slaying of Charla King, 11, Washington Terrace.

The victim, naked, beaten and strangled with a telephone cord in her apartment, was found by her mother one day before the girl's 12th birthday.

Earlier Thursday, the Department of Corrections issued a formal announcement saying Taylor's execution still was scheduled for sometime after 12:01 a.m. next Wednesday.

Corrections spokesman David Franchina said prison officials had expected Gravis to seek a stay earlier, but decided to issue the advisory - which includes instructions for reporters wishing to witness Taylor's death - when no action had been taken as of Thursday morning.

Assistant Utah Attorney General Charlene Barlow speculated there are two directions Gravis could take in seeking to delay execution.

One, he could file for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, or he can file for habeas corpus with the Utah Supreme Court.