Lawyers want to stop execution of Herbert Smulls

Posted on: 12:11 pm, January 28, 2014, by , updated on: 12:09pm, January 28, 2014

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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.