The nation’s third botched execution in six months has death row lawyers, including one in Missouri, crying foul.
Missouri has scheduled what could be its eighth execution this year. The state Supreme Court set Sept. 10 as the execution date for convicted killer Leon Taylor.
John Middleton is scheduled to die Wednesday.
John Middleton, 54, is scheduled to be executed July 16 at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
The justices said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of Russell Bucklew.
Justice Samuel Alito has issued the order
Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate remain hopeful that a court will halt his execution, even if the governor has shown little inclination to do so himself.
They say there’s not enough information about these lethal injection drugs, where they come from or who makes them.
William Rousan, who was convicted of killing a farming couple in 1993 as part of a plot to steal their cows, was executed early Wednesday.
Efforts to spare the life of a condemned Missouri man hinged Tuesday on an argument that so far has held little sway over the courts.