Supreme Court Refuses to Dissolve Stay of Execution for Killer

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate Jack Harold Jones Jr.'s execution, scheduled for last night.

The high court refused to dissolve a stay issued by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis, which issued Jones a stay as he challenged the constitutionality of lethal injection.

The state had already halted preparations for Jones' execution.

Justice Antonin Scalia dissented in the high court's decision.

Scalia said Jones' stay should be dissolved because his court challenge came nine years after his conviction.  Scalia said in his dissent that the challenge was only meant to delay the execution.

Jones was scheduled to die for the 1995 slaying of Mary Philips of Bald Knob.

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