Nance Facing Execution Tonight in Arkansas Death Chamber

NOVEMBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 8:13 a.m. CST

VARNER, AR - Condemned killer Eric Nance is to die by lethal injection tonight.

Lawyers for Nance are still seeking a halt to the execution.  But Nance has ordered his last meal and he is to spend today visiting with his spiritual adviser and his attorney.

The 45-year-old Nance was sentenced to death for the 1993 slaying of 18-year-old Julie Heath of Malvern.  Her throat had been cut with a boxcutter.

Nance has a motion pending in federal court seeking extra time to mount an appeal.  Nance's lawyers have asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to overturn a lower court ruling that would have allowed time to explore evidence in the case.

Tonight's execution is to be at 8 p.m.

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