Quincy Allen execution date set

Quincy Allen, 30, is set to be executed January 8. / Courtesy S.C. Dept. of Corrections

COLUMBIA " Convicted murderer Quincy Allen,30, is set to be executed January 8 after the S.C. Supreme Court issued an order Thursday directing the state to carry out his death sentence.

However, Allen's attorneys filed a federal appeal seeking to halt the execution just hours after it was ordered.

The execution order comes just weeks after Allen and another death-row inmate repeatedly stabbed a guard outside the state's death-row compound at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia on December 2.

That stabbing took place two weeks after the state high court rejected Allen's final appeal November 16, which cleared the way for his execution.

Allen plead guilty in 2005 to murdering Jedediah Harr, 22, at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Northeastern Richland County in 2002 as well as killing and burning the body of Dale Hall, 45, on Two Notch Road. Allen also shot James White, 51, in downtown Columbia's Finlay Park. White survived the shooting.

Allen then led police on a multi-state manhunt, including the killing of two more people at a N.C. convenience store, before being captured in Texas.

Corrections department spokesman Josh Gelinas said Thursday that Allen has selected electrocution as the method of execution.