Inmate's lawyers turn to courts in effort to halt execution

ATLANTA - A Georgia prisoner who was recently diagnosed with autism should not be put to death, his lawyers argue in court briefs, saying his scheduled execution this week would be unconstitutional.

Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, is scheduled to die Wednesday by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of murder in the October 1997 shooting death of Atlanta police Officer John Sowa and also critically injured Officer Patricia Cocciolone.

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