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Supreme Court Grants Stay For Missouri Man On Death Row

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 4/11/2015 Kelly Chen

The U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the scheduled execution of a man convicted of beating three people to death with a claw hammer while a lower court considers an appeal.

Ernest Lee Johnson was scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Tuesday for killing three Columbia convenience store workers in 1994. The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay while the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers an appeal.

Johnson claims that the execution drug could cause painful seizures because Johnson still has part of a benign tumor in his brain, and surgery to remove the rest of the tumor in 2008 forced removal of up to 20 percent of his brain tissue.

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