Fighting clock, Alabama halts execution for evening

This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Christopher Lee Price. A federal judge on Thursday evening, April 11, 2019, has halted the planned execution of Price, who was convicted of the sword-and-dagger stabbing death of a pastor. U.S. District Judge Kristi K. DuBose issued the stay two hours before the scheduled lethal injection of 46-year-old Price. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

ATMORE, Ala. — Fighting a ticking clock and an unresolved legal battle, Alabama on Thursday halted plans to execute an inmate saying there would not be time to carry out the lethal injection that evening even if a court stay was lifted.