Alito Halts Execution at Last Minute

    FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Russell Bucklew who is scheduled to die for killing a romantic rival as part of a crime spree in southeast Missouri in 1996. Bucklew, who suffers from a congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, told the Associated Press Friday, May 16, 2014 that he is scared that the lethal drug could cause him to suffer or be left alive but brain-dead. His would be the first execution since Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after a vein collapsed following injection. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)


    The execution of a Missouri prisoner scheduled for Tuesday night was halted by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The justice didn’t explain why he suspended the planned execution of Russell Bucklew, but it came after the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay that was issued hours earlier by a three-judge panel within the same court. Bucklew’s attorney argued that tumors in the convicted murderer’s head may complicate the administration of lethal drugs, leading to an “excruciating, even torturous pain.” This week, Bucklew said: “I’m sick about it not working on me. I’m afraid that it’s going to turn me into a vegetable, that I’d be brain-dead. You saw what happened down in Oklahoma.”

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