Paul Augustus Howell set to die for killing state trooper 21 years ago

Published On: Feb 22 2013 09:30:12 AM HST   Updated On: Feb 22 2013 10:50:52 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.


A judge has rejected a new appeal by a drug trafficker facing execution next week for killing a state trooper in north Florida with a pipe bomb 21 years ago.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey on Friday denied motions to vacate Paul Augustus Howell's murder conviction and death sentence in Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee.

Howell's lawyers also have an appeal pending in federal court in Tallahassee. The Florida Supreme Court rejected a prior appeal Tuesday.

Howell, 47, of Jamaica, was convicted of killing Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford.

The trooper stopped a car for speeding on Interstate 10. He died instantly when the bomb went off as he tried to open a gift-wrapped microwave oven he found in the car.

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