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Judge to decide if Calif. executions can resume

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge is expected to decide Friday whether California’s first execution in nearly five years will take place next week.

Death row inmate Albert Greenwood Brown is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Riverside County girl. Brown taunted the victim’s mother with phone calls on the day of her 1980 disappearance saying the girl would never be seen again.

His lawyers have urged U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose to delay the execution at least until he can determine whether prison officials have upgraded its lethal injection process as he ordered in 2006.

Government lawyers say they have complied by building a new death chamber, better training staff and adopting new lethal injection regulations.

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