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Missouri execution on hold during appeal

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The state's high court issued the execution order Tuesday for 55-year-old Ernest Lee Johnson, scheduling his death by injection for Nov. 3. The state's high court issued the execution order Tuesday for 55-year-old Ernest Lee Johnson, scheduling his death by injection for Nov. 3.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the scheduled execution of a man convicted of beating three people to death with a claw hammer while a lower court considers an appeal.

Ernest Lee Johnson was scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Tuesday for killing three Columbia convenience store workers in 1994. The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay while the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers an appeal.

Johnson claims that the execution drug could cause painful seizures because Johnson still has part of a benign tumor in his brain, and surgery to remove the rest of the tumor in 2008 forced removal of up to 20 percent of his brain tissue.

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