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Hubert Lester Michael awaits word on his stalled execution in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 8, 2012 5:46 PM
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(Bellefonte) -- State corrections officials say condemned inmate Hubert Lester Michael Jr. has been "quiet, polite and composed" in what could his final hours.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Sue McNaughton says Michael, who had been housed at Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania, arrived shortly after 6:00 a.m. at Rockview State Prison in Bellefonte, where executions are carried out.

She says Michael ate a breakfast of French toast, orange juice and coffee, but so far has declined to pick a last meal.

A federal appeals court has stayed the execution, originally set for 7:00 p.m. and the state attorney general has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michael is sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 1993 shooting death of 16-year-old Trista Elizabeth Eng in York County.

He would be the first person executed in the state since 1999.

Meantime, lawyers for Michael are asking a judge to reopen his case.

Attorneys have filed the motion with a federal judge in Harrisburg.

Court records indicate Michael has repeatedly changed his mind about pursuing appeals. His lawyers' new filing says Michael has serious mental health issues.

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