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Supreme Court halts Missouri execution

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Photo - FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Russell Bucklew who is scheduled to die for killing a romantic rival as part of a crime spree in southeast Missouri in 1996. Bucklew, who suffers from a congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, told the Associated Press Friday, May 16, 2014 that he is scared that the lethal drug could cause him to suffer or be left alive but brain-dead. His would be the first execution since Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after a vein collapsed following injection. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Russell Bucklew who is scheduled to die for killing a romantic rival as part of a crime spree in southeast Missouri in 1996. Bucklew, who suffers from a congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, told the Associated Press Friday, May 16, 2014 that he is scared that the lethal drug could cause him to suffer or be left alive but brain-dead. His would be the first execution since Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after a vein collapsed following injection. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has put off the execution of a Missouri inmate with a rare medical condition who challenged the state's refusal to disclose the source of its lethal injection drug.

The justices on Wednesday said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of convicted killer Russell Bucklew.

Bucklew's attorneys said the combination of the secrecy surrounding the execution drug and Bucklew's medical condition affecting his blood vessels makes for an unacceptably high risk that he would experience extreme pain if injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital

Bucklew would have been the first inmate put to death since last month's botched execution in Oklahoma. Bucklew is on death row for killing a man during a 1996 crime spree.

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