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Execution stalled for man convicted in Youngstown beating death, arson

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The man convicted of a 2015 Youngstown beating death and arson case will not face the death penalty this fall- after the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed that he should receive a stay of execution. 

The Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday granting a motion to give 48-year-old Lance Hundley more time. 

Hundley, who appealed his death penalty conviction in June, is scheduled to be executed on November 6th. However, the ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court orders that no execution date can be scheduled while appeals proceedings are underway. 

Hundley was sentenced to the death penalty in June, following several years of criminal proceedings. 

Hundley was found guilty on several charges, including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, and aggravated arson in the death of 41-year-old Erika Huff in 2015.

In June, Mahoning County Judge Maureen Sweeney sentenced Hundley to death for Erika Huff's murder and an additional 22 years in prison.  Eleven years for the attempted murder of Huff's mother Denise Johnson, and eleven more years for setting the home on fire.

Prosecutors say Hundley attacked Huff at her home on Cleveland Street, beat her to death, and then set the home on fire to cover up the crime.

Officials say when Hundley encountered Huff's mother, Denise Johnson outside the home, he attacked her with a claw hammer.

Officers responding to calls for help removed an air conditioner from the back of the home and rescued Johnson.

After that rescue, they found Huff's body. Huff was confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk because she suffered from MS.

Police originally said Hundley was living in the home and was inside when police arrived. Hundley was arrested and was also taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for injuries.

Erika had a six-year-old daughter who was not in the home at the time of the fire.

An online court docket does not yet have a date set for when the Ohio Supreme Court may hear arguments on the appeal. 

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