The scheduled execution of a Florida man convicted of shooting a police officer to death during a traffic stop in 1978 is being delayed while prison officials await an order from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sixty-one-year-old Manuel Valle was set to die at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Florida State Prison.
Valle shot officer Louis Pena to death in 1978.
Southern prisons have seen a spate of executions in recent days, beginning with the Sept. 21 execution of Troy Davis in Georgia for a policeman's shooting and the Texas execution that day of a white supremacist for a black man's dragging death. Alabama also executed a man for a 1994 shooting death.