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Pagan Prison Murderer Execution Stayed

By Bill Baskervill

A federal judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a self-styled high priest of a pagan religion who had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection for fatally stabbing a fellow inmate.

U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson of Charlottesville issued a stay so Michael W. Lenz, 40, can pursue a habeas appeal through the federal courts. Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a separate appeal from Lenz.

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