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 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.
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