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By MELINDA DESLATTE / Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gov. Bobby Jindal won't halt a state execution planned for next week of a DeSoto Parish man who murdered his 6-year-old stepson two decades ago.

Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said Tuesday that the governor sees no reason to intervene in the case.

Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13 for the beating and scalding death of Wesley Mercer.

The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Jindal, a Catholic, to stop the execution, which is planned for the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday.

The bishops group, which represents the seven Catholic dioceses of Louisiana, says the execution at the start of the somber Christian season of Lent 'would be inconsistent with the Lenten call for reconciliation and redemption and an unnecessary tragic irony.'

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