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Court vacates stay in Missouri execution; case goes to Supreme Court
Court vacates stay in Missouri execution; case goes to Supreme Court

A federal appeals court lifted the stay of the execution of a Missouri death row inmate Wednesday, and defense attorneys immediately filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. If no other court interferes, John Middleton's execution has been set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, making him the eighth Missouri inmate executed since November. Middleton was originally scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry granted the stay less than two hours before the execution was supposed to take place, saying that Middleton made "a substantial threshold showing of insanity" that calls for a new hearing. The 8th U.S....

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