Supreme Court Delays Missouri Execution Over Lethal Injection Protest By | May 22, 2014 LikeTweet EmailPrint The full U.S. Supreme Court delayed the execution of Missouri murderer Russell Bucklew, 46, whose attorneys argued that a lethal injection would put him at risk of an excruciating death because he suffers from a rare vascular condition, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He will not be executed any time soon, because the death warrant issued by the Missouri Supreme Court was valid for yesterday only. “What this means is that the appeals court will hear Mr. Bucklew's claims under the Eighth Amendment that he faced a great likelihood of a prolonged and tortuous execution …,” said his attorney, Cheryl Pilate. The court ruling ended the state's run of success in overcoming court challenges to execute six inmates in six months. None of them showed outward signs of pain or suffering as they died. Bucklew would have been the first U.S. inmate put to death since a botched execution last month in Oklahoma. In that execution, the prisoner's vein collapsed while the lethal drugs were being administered. The prisoner died of a heart attack after the execution was called off. Afterward, President Obama said the execution did not meet the nation's standards for humane capital punishment.