STARKE, Fla. — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a man who built a bomb that killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
Drug trafficker Paul Howell is set to die for the February 1992 murder of Trooper Jimmy Fulford at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison. The Supreme Court rejected his final appeals Wednesday afternoon.
Howell rented a car and paid another man to deliver a gift-wrapped box to a woman in Marianna. Along the way, Fulford pulled the man over for speeding on Interstate 10 just east of Tallahassee.
The man gave Fulford a false name and birthdate and was arrested. Howell was called about the rental car and asked if Fulford had permission to be driving it and never warned the dispatcher the bomb was in the trunk