A cup of tea - then death at midnight

UNLESS a last-ditch appeal wins a stay of execution, Suffolk-born John Elliott will tonight face the sentence which has hung over him for 16 years.Elliott, known to his family as "Jackie", has requested a last meal of Earl Grey tea and biscuits before he dies by lethal injection.

By Richard Cornwell

UNLESS a last-ditch appeal wins a stay of execution, Suffolk-born John Elliott will tonight face the sentence which has hung over him for 16 years.

Elliott, known to his family as "Jackie", has requested a last meal of Earl Grey tea and biscuits before he dies by lethal injection.

He will be moved from the Polunsky Unit at Livingston, Texas, to the Walls Unit at Huntsville during the day ready for his execution, which is scheduled for 6pm US time, midnight GMT.

It will be watched by a handful of journalists, his sister, and relatives of 18-year-old Joyce Munguia, who he was convicted of raping and murdering in 1987.

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