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By Ariane de Vogue

CNN Supreme Court Reporter

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A divided Supreme Court on Thursday left in place a stay of execution for Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison.

The 11th Circuit had issued the stay earlier in the day and Alabama sought to overturn the ruling at the Supreme Court.

The order is yet another example of the impact on the court of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. It would have taken five justices to vacate the stay and only four justices — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy — were in favor of doing so.

Madison was convicted in 1985 of murdering Julius Schulte of the Mobile Police Department.

Madison’s attorneys argue in part that he should not be executed because he suffers from stroke-related dementia.

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