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The Nation

September 04, 1985

Convicted murderer Willie Jasper Darden won a stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court seven hours before he was to die this morning in Florida's electric chair. Darden was condemned to die for shooting a businessman and watching him bleed to death while he molested the victim's wife. The court, which earlier had turned down a bid to halt the execution on a 5-4 vote, issued its stay at one minute to midnight.

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