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Judge stays execution



111129 A federal judge in Orlando has issued a stay of execution for Mark Dean Schwab, the convicted child killer scheduled to die Thursday. A stay was widely expected given lethal injection proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I am disappointed that the family of the victim, Junny Rios-Martinez, will have to continue to wait to see justice done," Gov. Charlie Crist said in a statement.

Schwab, 38, is the first Death Row inmate set to be executed under Crist and the first since Florida halted its own procedures after the botched lethal injection of Angel Diaz in December.

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


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