BONNE TERRE, Mo. - TheU.S. Supreme Court justice halted the planned execution of a Missouri inmate after his lawyers cited concerns that his medical condition could cause him to suffer during lethal injection.
The full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday lifted a stay of execution for Russell Bucklew that was granted hours earlier by a three-judge panel of that court. Attorneys for Bucklew appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bucklew was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a southeast Missouri man in 1996. He suffers from a rare medical condition that his attorneys claim could cause him great pain during the execution process.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released the following statement:
"At approximately 10:30 p.m. the United States Supreme Court issued a stay pending further order of the Court. We understand the full Court will consider Mr. Bucklew's pending requests tomorrow, May 21, 2014. The execution warrant is valid until midnight, Wednesday, May 21. The Attorney General's office will update the media as appropriate throughout the coming day."