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New execution date, new appeal for Christopher Sepulvado

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DESOTO PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For the third time in a year, an execution date has been set for a DeSoto Parish child killer. 

State District Judge Robert Burgess set March 7th as the execution date for 69-year-old Christopher Sepulvado, of Mansfield. If it's carried out, the execution will fall one day shy of 22 years since he beat and scalded to death his stepson, 6-year-old Wesley Allen Mercer.

Sepulvado's attorneys already are mounting an appeal. In an email, attorney Gary Clements said Monday that a writ will be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Burgess took action Monday on the new execution warrant after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday reversed its previous injunction and stay of execution.

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