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Sells Execution Back on Tonight in Texas

HOUSTON -- A convicted murderer, who was indicted of the abduction and killing of a Springfield girl, is expected to be executed in Texas tonight in another case.
HOUSTON -- A convicted murderer, who was indicted of the abduction and killing of a Springfield girl, is expected to be executed in Texas tonight in another case.

A U.S. District  judge Wednesday granted a temporary stay of execution of Tommy Lynn Sells, ordering state officials to disclose information about the company supplying the chemicals for the state's lethal injection process. 

Rueters reports a U.S. appeals court threw out the stay a few hours later.  That decision puts the execution back on schedule for this evening.

Sells was given the death penalty for the death of a 13 year old girl in Texas, but is tied to at least 20 murders, including the 1997 killing of Stephanie Mahaney in Springfield.  She was abducted from her bed in October 1997, but it was several weeks later.   Sells was indicted for her murder six years later, but was already in custody in Texas at that point.

Mahaney's mother and Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott have called a press conference today at 12:30. 

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