Execution delayed for Paul Augustus Howell
Updated On: Feb 26 2013 05:56:35 AM HST
A South Florida drug dealer convicted of killing a state trooper with a pipe bomb will not be executed Tuesday.
Paul Augustus Howell was set to die Tuesday at the Florida State Prison, but a U.S. appellate court temporarily blocked it Monday. The state Tuesday asked Justice Clarence Thomas to lift the stay.
The Jamaican native was convicted of murdering Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford on Feb 1., 1992.
Authorities said Howell hired a driver to deliver a gift-wrapped microwave oven with a pipe bomb inside to two Marianna women.
Instead, Fulford was killed when he stopped Howell for speeding on Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee. The package exploded when Fulford tried to open it.
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