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Court says Missouri can proceed with execution

May 21, 2014

BONNE TERRE, Missouri (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Missouri can proceed with its planned execution of a convicted killer, despite concerns that his medical condition could cause him to suffer during the lethal injection.

The full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday lifted a stay of execution for Russell Bucklew that was granted hours earlier by a three-judge panel of that court. Attorneys for Bucklew appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bucklew is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a southeast Missouri man in 1996. He suffers from a rare medical condition that his attorneys claim could cause him great pain during the execution process.

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