Court fight stalling Mo. execution in final hours

January 29, 2014 • National News

FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo released by the Missouri Department of Corrections is death-row inmate Herbert Smulls who is scheduled to die by injection one minute after midnight Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 for killing St. Louis County jeweler Stephen Honickman in 1991. The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Justice Samuel Alito signed the order that was sent out Tuesday night after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The execution of a death-row inmate in Missouri was still on hold Wednesday night pending a court fight, with the deadline for the state to complete the lethal injection fast approaching.

Missouri’s attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday to clear an appeals court stay that was delaying the execution of Herbert Smulls at the state prison in Login to read more

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