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Federal Judge Halts Feb. Execution In Delaware

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DOVER, Del. - A federal judge has stayed the execution of a Delaware man convicted of killing his wife while he appeals his conviction in federal court.
    
A Delaware Superior Court judge last week scheduled the execution of 49-year-old Gary Ploof for Feb. 4.
    
But public defenders asked that the execution be stayed pending resolution of a federal habeas corpus appeal filed earlier this year.
    
The judge on Wednesday granted the request, which was not opposed by attorneys for the state.
    
A divided Delaware Supreme Court in September upheld the death sentence for Ploof, a former Dover Air Force Base sergeant convicted of shooting his 29-year-old wife, Heidi, as she sat in her car in the parking lot of a Dover Wal-Mart in 2001.

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