This afternoon, the United States Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for a convicted triple-murderer. Glenn Holladay's lawyer says with an IQ of 69, his client is mentally retarded. So the high court agreed to review the claim that mentally retarded inmates should not be put to death.

Tonight in a "First on Five Report," Herman Hall talked with the mother of a mentally retarded inmate from Mobile who says her son was unjustly put to death.

Each time the federal government goes through with high-profile executions, like those of Juan Garza and Timothy McVeigh, or anytime the state of Alabama carries out a state ordered execution, it makes Grace Singleton Bolden uncomfortable. Alabama executed her mentally retarded son, Cornelius Singleton in 1992. "A lot of my family members say, 'Just let it go Grace; let it go.' I can't until I clear Neil's name. If I die trying like you say, I put up a good fight."

It's been almost a full nine years since Grace Singleton Bolden's son Cornelius Singleton died in Alabama's electric chair. He was convicted of killing a Catholic nun in the late 70's. Mrs. Bolden speaks against the death penalty, even more so when it involves the mentally retarded. Her passion was inspired by her son's situation, but it extends beyond him. "When they're mentally retarded, put 'em where they can't hurt nobody else...I'm not just going for Neil now, 'cause I can't help Neil no more, no more than clear his name."

One of her many fights against the death penalty included protesting Alabama's order to execute the now freed, Michael Pardue. Mrs. Bolden believes evidence existed before her son's execution that may have set him free. Since then, she still says that same evidence (and more) can now be used to exonerate his name.

Through it all, aside from Cornelius being her son and a mentally retarded man the State put to death, Mrs. Bolden is clinging to his innocence. "It's a lot of folks know Neil was innocent, but the right people just wouldn't listen."

With assistance from attorneys and anti-death penalty agencies, Mrs. Bolden plans to continue her journey, hoping to prove her son, Cornelius Singleton, did not commit the crime for which he was put to death. However, she believes if it is to happen, she will need the help of media and officials outside of Alabama.