- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Legal wrangling continues in the case of a Missouri inmate scheduled for execution next week.

John Winfield faces the death penalty Wednesday for killing two St. Louis County women in 1996. A federal judge on Thursday granted a stay of execution over claims that a prison worker was intimidated into not writing a clemency letter on Winfield’s behalf. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing that decision.

Meanwhile, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused a separate stay request on Winfield’s concerns that the pentobarbital used in the execution could cause pain and suffering, and about the secret way the state obtains the drug from a compounding pharmacy.

Attorneys for Winfield appealed that case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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