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Condemned slayer receives 11th-hour stay in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A condemned killer received a stay of execution from the Tennessee Supreme Court less than an hour before he was scheduled to die by injection Friday.

Philip Workman's attorneys spent the past year trying to get a court to grant them a hearing on what they contend is new evidence. That fight intensified in the past two days with several filings in five courts.

Workman was turned down Thursday in a Memphis state court all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. But with 45 minutes to spare, the state Supreme Court voted 3-2 in favor of a stay and sent the case back to the trial court in Memphis for review.