BONNE TERRE, MO (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.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal in April 2009.
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.