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Posted: May 21, 2014 1:52 AM

Updated: May 21, 2014 1:52 AM

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) A Missouri inmate's hopes rest with the U.S. Supreme Court after he got a reprieve shortly before his scheduled execution.

Russell Bucklew was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1996 killing of a romantic rival. But Justice Samuel Alito granted him a reprieve late Tuesday so that the full Supreme Court can weigh his appeal later Wednesday.

Bucklew has a rare medical condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels. His attorneys say he could be subjected to an agonizing death if given a lethal injection of the state's secretly-sourced execution drug.

If the Supreme Court rejects Bucklew's appeal the state could decide to proceed with the execution. It would have until midnight Wednesday to kill Bucklew.

Topics: Missouri Execution

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