ST. LOUIS — Missouri's seventh execution in seven months, and the nation's first since one went awry in Oklahoma, was on hold after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito granted a stay of execution late Tuesday. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the full Supreme Court is expected to weigh the inmate's appeal on Wednesday. If the court rejects the appeal, Missouri could still carry out the execution on Wednesday. Inmate appeals have targeted Missouri's secretive execution process, which does not reveal the state's source of lethal drugs. There is new attention on Missouri's execution after Oklahoma put executions on hold amid an investigation into what caused an inmate's vein to collapse during his lethal injection. Here are details about the case:
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