Supreme Court lifts stay of execution of Missouri murderer

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:58 PM

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court denied last minute appeals on Wednesday to halt the execution of a Missouri man convicted of killing a jewelry store owner during a 1991 robbery.

Herbert Smulls, 56, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday at a Missouri state prison, had been granted a temporary stay by the court on a series of challenges including the drugs to be used in his execution.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam and Kevin Murphy in Kansas City and Lawrence Hurley in Washington; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Cynthia johnston)