A condemned state prisoner has been turned down in his request to stop his execution next week. A federal judge in St. Louis has denied Timothy Johnston’s motion to postpone the execution so hearings can be held on whether Missouri’s method of execution is constitutional. Attorney General Jay Nixon says the judge granted the state’s motion to turn down Johnston’s complaint about lethal injection. Johnston is scheduled to die at the prison in Bonne Terre next week for the murder of his wife June 30th, 1989.
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