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Justices deny stay of execution for Paul Howell

Paul Augustus Howell
Posted at 1:54 PM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-19 09:03:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL/AP) -- Florida Supreme Court Justices have denied a stay of execution filed on behalf of a drug trafficker convicted of killing a state trooper.

Tuesday, justices denied the post-conviction appeal filed on behalf of Paul Augustus Howell. He is scheduled to be executed February 26.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey previously denied Howell's appeal in Jefferson County. That's where Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford was killed by an exploding pipe bomb in February 1992.

The bomb was in a gift-wrapped microwave oven Fulford found in a car he stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee.

Howell was convicted of building the bomb that he intended to kill two women in Marianna because they knew too much about a South Florida drug trafficking ring.