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Attorneys for Missouri inmate seek execution delay

May 14, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a convicted U.S. killer are asking a federal court to put his execution on hold, citing concerns that lethal injection could cause a painful death due to a rare medical condition.

The request was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Missouri.

Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die just after midnight May 21 for killing a romantic rival during a crime spree in 1996.

The execution would be the first since Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett’s vein collapsed and he suffered a fatal heart attack more than 40 minutes after his execution began last month.

Bucklew’s attorneys say he suffers from cavernous hemangioma, which causes weakened and malformed blood vessels.

A spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster declined comment.

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