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Nevada judge issues formal stay of execution pending appeals

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Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-23 12:07:17-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has issued his formal stay of execution for a convicted killer of four people whose lethal injection would be the first in the state in 15 years.

The written order issued Tuesday followed a June 28 ruling by a federal judge in Las Vegas that stopped the state's plan to put Zane Michael Floyd to death until at least Oct. 18.

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Appeals also are pending before the Nevada Supreme Court and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Floyd's attorneys argue the state's never-before-used lethal injection plan would amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.