U.S. appeals court issues stay to halt execution of Missouri inmate

Reuters News
Posted: May 20, 2014 7:20 PM

(Reuters) - A U.S. Appeals Court issued a stay on Tuesday hours before the planned execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew, whose lawyers have said has a rare health condition that could lead to pain and suffocation during a lethal injection.

"We grant the stay. Bucklew's unrebutted medical evidence demonstrates the requisite sufficient likelihood of unnecessary pain and suffering beyond the constitutionally permissible amount inherent in all executions," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit wrote.

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