Supreme Court halts Missouri execution

Associated Press: The U.S. Supreme Court put on hold the execution of Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew, who challenged the state’s refusal to disclose the source of its lethal injection drug.

Bucklew’s attorneys say his rare medical condition and the secrecy surrounding the surrounding the state’s lethal injection drug combine to make for an unacceptably high chance of something going wrong during his execution.

He was scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Bucklew would have been the first inmate put to death since last month’s botched Oklahoma execution.

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Photo: A group of death penalty opponents hold a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church hours before the scheduled execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson / AP Photo)