Execution delayed for Paul Augustus Howell

Published On: Feb 26 2013 03:05:47 AM HST   Updated On: Feb 26 2013 05:56:35 AM HST
Paul Augustus Howell

Paul Augustus Howell is scheduled to be executed for killing a state trooper with a pipe bomb 21 years ago.

STARKE, Fla. -

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.

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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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