High court orders stay of execution for suicidal death row inmate

Atlanta, Ga: The Georgia Supreme Court just released this press release:

The Supreme Court of Georgia this afternoon granted another stay of execution for Brandon Joseph Rhode until Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, the high court issued a temporary stay after Rhode, 31, attempted suicide hours before he was due to die by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m., Sept. 21, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.

Earlier today, Rhode's attorneys filed several motions in the state Supreme Court, including an emergency "Motion for Stay of Execution in Order to Allow Meaningful Appeal."

The vote to grant the stay was 6-1 with presiding Justice George Carley the dissenter.

Rhode was convicted in Jones County of a 1998 triple homicide after he and a co-defendant broke into the home of Steven and Gerri Ann Moss and, upon being caught in a burglary, killed 11-year-old Bryan Moss, his 15-year-old sister, Kristin, and their father, Steven.