7/30 FLORIDA BRIEFS: Justices uphold stay of execution
TALLAHASSEE -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to lift a stay of execution ordered by the Florida Supreme Court.
The federal justices Friday rejected a request by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to vacate the stay for Manuel Valle.
The 61-year-old convict had been scheduled for execution by lethal injection next Tuesday for fatally shooting a Coral Gables police officer 33 years ago.
The Florida justices, though, stayed the execution and ordered a Miami judge to hold a fact-finding hearing on a change in the state’s lethal injection procedure.
That hearing begin Thursday and will continue next week.
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