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Supreme Court declines to halt Missouri execution

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By JIM SALTER
Associated Press

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt a Missouri execution, leaving few options for convicted killer John Middleton.

Middleton is scheduled to die Wednesday for killing three people in remote northern Missouri in 1995.

But after the Supreme Court denied Middleton's earlier requests for a stay, his attorneys filed another petition. This one is an emergency application seeking a one-hour reprieve.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has denied a clemency request.

The execution originally scheduled for 12:01 a.m. has been delayed all day by legal wrangling.

Missouri law allows a 24-hour window for executions. That means if Middleton has not been executed by midnight Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court would need to set a new execution date.

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