Gov. Rick Scott signs death warrant in killing of state trooper

Man convicted in 1995 death sentence to die next month by lethal injection

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:23:12 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 19 2013 01:25:25 PM EST
Paul Augustus Howell
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for a man convicted of killing a Florida state trooper on Interstate 10 in 1992.

The governor's office announced Friday that 47-year-old Paul Augustus Howell is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison near Raiford on Feb. 26.

Trooper Jimmy Fulford Trooper Jimmy Fulford was blown apart when he opened a booby-trapped package during a routine traffic stop on I-10 near Marianna in February 1992.

The pipe bomb, hidden in a gift-wrapped microwave oven, was intended to kill two women because they knew too much about a drug-related murder in 1991.

Howell was convicted of building the bomb and first-degree murder.  He was sentenced to death in 1995.