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Indiana man executed after Supreme Court overturns stay

[JURIST] Marvin Bieghler [NCADP profile] was executed in Indiana Friday morning after the US overturned a stay ordered by the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. was convicted for the 1981 deaths of Tommy Miller, who Bieghler suspected tipped police to Bieghler's drug dealing activities, and Miller's pregnant wife, Kimberly Jane Miller. Bieghler had appealed his death sentence to the US Supreme Court, challenging Indiana's use of as cruel and unusual punishment, but on Thursday the Court denied a stay of execution [order, PDF] despite having agreed the day before to hear a similar appeal. Florida death row inmate Clarence Hill [NCADP advocacy letter] is challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection, and the Court on Wednesday agreed to hear his case [JURIST report], though it will limit its consideration to whether Hill was entitled to file a challenge to the state's method. After the Supreme Court refused to consider Bieghler's appeal from state courts, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ordered its own delay of the execution, but that ruling was overturned [order, PDF] by the Supreme Court early Friday morning. AP has more.

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