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A condemned killer was on death watch Tuesday, hoping for a last-minute reprieve from the courts while officials readied the death chamber for what would be the first execution in the United States in seven months.

William Earl Lynd’s lawyers have asked for a stay of execution from the state supreme court, which could rule at any time. If the state court rejects his bid, Lynd’s attorney plans to appeal immediately to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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