Convicted child murderer remains on death row

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 02/03 2014 03:15PM

Updated 02/03 2014 03:28PM

A stay of execution has been ordered for a man convicted of murdering a young boy in DeSoto Parish more than 20 years ago.

Monday afternoon the Louisiana Department of Corrections issues a statement on delaying  Christopher Sepulvado's execution.

"Following a status conference today with Judge James J. Brady, the parties agreed to a 90-day temporary restraining order staying the execution of Christopher Sepulvado scheduled for Feb. 5.  The stay will allow additional time for review and responses to outstanding issues related to the execution.  A trial on the constitutionality of the state's execution protocol is scheduled to begin April 7, 2014.  The state anticipates a formal written order from the court later today.  The Department has been committed throughout the entire process to following the court's direction, and carrying out the sentence humanely and in accordance with the law."

Sepulvado was convicted in 1992 for killing 6-year-old Allen Mercer at a home in Mansfield.

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