Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Schwab's Execution Put On Hold

A federal court judge from Orlando has issued a stay of execution for Mark Dean Schwab.

Schwab was scheduled to die Thursday for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez.

The U.S. District Court's delay of Schwab's execution was widely expected. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the appeals of two Kentucky inmates challenging the toxic three-drug combination administered there.

Florida uses the same drugs and Schwab's appeal claims the chemicals violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Executions in three other states are also on hold.

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