A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for John Middleton, hours before he is scheduled to be put to death in Missouri.
Michael Shane Worthington was sentenced to death for the September 1995 slaying of 24-year-old college student Melinda Griffin at her Lake St. Louis condominium.
Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation’s first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.
It was the state’s seventh execution since November.
There have been no U.S. executions in the seven weeks since an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack following a botched lethal injection.
When John Winfield went on a shooting spree in 1996 in St. Louis County, he killed two women and permanently blinded the mother of his two children.
The court ruled that inmate John Winfield’s clemency proceedings were violated.
Winfield faces the death penalty for killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996
The Missouri chapter of the NAACP is vowing to mount its “largest-ever effort” to abolish the death penalty in the state.
An affidavit says John Winfield might have been spared a death sentence if his two attorneys could have gotten along during the penalty phase of his trial.