Convicted Jamaican cop killer to be executed in Florida February 26
Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
A Jamaican man sentenced to death in the American state of Florida for the killing of a state trooper 22 years ago to be executed next week.
Florida Governor, Rick Scott, informed prison officials on January 17 that the Jamaican, Paul Augustus Howell, should be executed by lethal injection on February 26 at 6pm.
Howell was convicted and sentenced to death for the slaying of state trooper Jimmy Fulford in 1992.
He was scheduled to die by lethal injection on February 26 last year but a day before, the Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit Court granted a stay of the execution.
The stay was granted because Howell's attorneys had filed an appeal.
However, in his letter to prison authorities, Governor Scott said the state's Attorney General certified on January 15 that the stay of execution had been lifted.
Scott said Florida state law requires that a new execution date be set within ten days.
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