Monday, May 19, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Florida Execution

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) -- Florida can go forward with the execution of child killer Mark Dean Schwab.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday lifted a stay of execution for Schwab, who was given a reprieve while the justices considered the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures. The court a month ago upheld the use of lethal injection in a Kentucky case.

The move Monday frees Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to set a new date of execution for Schwab.

Crist was traveling Monday and his office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Schwab was supposed to be executed in November for raping and murdering 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez in 1991.

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