A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for John Middleton, hours before he is scheduled to be put to death in Missouri.
John Middleton is scheduled to die Wednesday.
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.
John Middleton, 54, is scheduled to be executed July 16 at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
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.