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Convicted murderer executed after US court lifts reprieve

Published on Jan 30, 2014 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A convicted murder was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night in the US state of Missouri, his lawyers said.

Herbert Smulls, 56, was put to death after a reprieve granted by US Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito late Tuesday was lifted by the court.

Smulls had challenging the use of the drugs that were to be used to execute him.

After the reprieve was lifted, and before the man was executed, three other appeals were filed. The last was still pending when he was put to death, his legal team told AFP.

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