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Thad Altman

Florida delays execution as state works on new system

Florida's highest court has delayed the execution of a condemned inmate, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court found flaws in the way the state sentences people to death.

Florida's justices provided no reasoning for their decision Tuesday, but earlier in the day, they heard arguments from the state and an attorney for inmate Michael Lambrix, who told them the U.S. Supreme Court ruling should apply to all 390 people on death row.

"To execute people in Florida on the basis of a statute that has been declared unconstitutional is just wrong," Martin McClain said.

Lambrix was scheduled to be executed Feb. 11. He was sentenced to death for the 1983 slayings of...