Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fla. justices deny condemned inmate's appeals

Associated Press - November 7, 2008 5:24 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has denied three separate appeals from a convicted killer whose stay of execution is due to expire Nov. 18.

The justices ruled against Wayne Tompkins on Friday. He strangled a teenager 25 years ago in Tampa.

The appeals included a claim the state's lethal injection procedure is unconstitutional because it inflicts cruel and unusual punishment.

The state justices and U.S. Supreme Court also rejected similar appeals by two other Florida death row inmates executed earlier this year.

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