(KMOV.com) - An appeals court has lifted the stay of execution for inmate John Winfield.
The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision Tuesday afternoon. Winfield is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday unless the US Supereme Court issues a stay.
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ST. LOUIS -- A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to overturn a stay of execution for Missouri inmate John Winfield, and the state has appealed for a hearing before the full court.
The panel issued its ruling late Monday. Winfield is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing two St. Louis County women in 1996.
A federal judge granted the stay Friday, ruling that a prison worker dropped plans to write a letter in support of clemency due to intimidation from staff.
There have been no executions since April, when Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack during a botched execution in Oklahoma. Georgia plans an execution Tuesday night, followed six hours later by John Winfield. A Florida execution is set for Wednesday night.