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Court denies execution stay for Fla. killer.

11:47 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
Thomas Knight aka Askari Abdullah Muhammad aka Edwin Van Williams
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STARKE, Fla. -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of an inmate convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard while already on Florida's death row.

Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was set to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening.

The 62-year-old Muhammad was first condemned to die for the 1974 abduction and killings of Sydney and Lillian Gans, a Miami couple. He was sentenced to die again for killing corrections officer Richard Burke in 1980 using a sharpened spoon.

His execution has been delayed for so long because of numerous appeals and rulings, including a 1987 federal appeals court tossing out his death sentence because he hadn't been allowed to put character and background witnesses on the stand during the penalty phase.

Associated Press

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