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The Nation

A federal appellate panel in Atlanta halted the execution in Florida of suspected mass slayer Theodore R. Bundy, 39, less than seven hours before he was to die for the murder of a 12-year-old girl. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said there was too little time before Bundy’s scheduled 7 a.m. electrocution to consider his attorney’s arguments, and that “a stay of execution is mandated.” The ruling came after a U.S. District judge in Orlando refused to grant a stay, and after the Florida Supreme Court rejected the appeal.


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