Lawyers trying to stop execution; claim drug is “substandard”

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(KTVI) – The man convicted in a 1991 murder is set for execution, just after midnight Tuesday.  His lawyers are seeking a stay of execution.

Herbert Smulls, 56 years old, is on death row for the murder of Chesterfield jeweler Stephen Honickman.  The victim died during a hold-up in July of 1991.

Smulls’ lawyers are trying to stop the execution, claiming the state is using a “substandard” drug compound in its lethal injection.

This would be the third execution in Missouri since November 2013.

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