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Christa Pike's lawyer files petition in attempt to prevent her execution

11:07 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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Tennessee's only woman on death row is asking a federal judge in Knoxville to prevent her execution.

Christa Gail Pike's lawyer filed a petition claiming his client's constitutional rights were violated when she was convicted in 1996 of killing Colleen Slemmer.

The petition seeks relief from conviction or sentence. It described Pike as a "mentally ill, cognitively impaired, immature adolescent" at the time of the slaying.

Slemmer was tortured and fatally struck on the head with a chunk of asphalt.

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