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Execution put off



The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of convicted child killer Mark Dean Schwab, hours before he was scheduled to die. Earlier Thursday, a federal judge OKd the execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the appeals of two Kentucky inmates challenging the same lethal three-drug combination used in Florida. Schwab is the first Death Row inmate set to die under Gov. Charlie Crist, and the first since a botched execution last December.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said: "Based on the litigation that has occurred thus far, I stand by our belief that the procedures used to carry out lethal injection in Florida are constitutionally sound and the decisions made by the lower state and federal courts have been correct and will not be stricken by the United States Supreme Court."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:27am]


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