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Judge halts Missouri execution, decision quickly appealed

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By JIM SALTER
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A district judge agreed to halt the lethal injection of a Missouri death-row inmate, but the decision was quickly appealed by the attorney general just hours ahead of the scheduled execution.

Andre Cole is scheduled for execution at 6 p.m. Tuesday for fatally stabbing a man in St. Louis County in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry ruled late Monday that Cole was incompetent to be executed, citing his mental illness. Cole's attorneys say the inmate hears voices in his head.

Similar arguments were rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court last week.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office has appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, though any decision will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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