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

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

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Florida Department of Corrections photo of 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 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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