Federal court overturns stay of execution for Mississippi killer

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Posted: Feb 08, 2012 3:08 PM
Federal court overturns stay of execution for Mississippi killer

STARKVILLE, Miss (Reuters) - A federal court overturned a stay of execution on Wednesday of a Mississippi man convicted of murdering two people during convenience store robberies, putting Edwin Hart Turner on track to be put to death later in the day.

Turner, 38, convicted of murdering two men in Carroll County in 1995, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection later on Wednesday in what will be the first execution in the state this year.

U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves had ordered the execution postponed on Monday until at least February 20 to allow attorneys to argue whether the state has improperly kept him from getting a psychiatric evaluation. But the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned the delay by a vote of 2-1.

(Reporting by Robbie Ward; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)