Appeal Halts Execution in Suburban Philly Officer Slaying

A pending appeal has halted the execution of a Pennsylvania man in the fatal shooting of a police officer at a suburban Philadelphia hospital.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports the delay came the same day 47-year-old Robert Flor was scheduled to be executed for the September 2005 killing of Newtown police officer Brian Gregg at St. Mary Medical Center.

Prosecutors say hearings are scheduled next month on Flor's appeal under the state's post-conviction relief act.

Flor's lawyers say jurors who handed down his death sentence weren't told he is mentally disabled.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that executing mentally disabled people is unconstitutional.

Prosecutors say Flor's attorneys in 2006 presented several experts at trial, none of whom concluded he's intellectually disabled.

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