The U.S. supreme court has granted a stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls. Justice Samuel Alito signed the order that was sent out last night after president Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Smulls’ lawyers had made last minute pleas yesterday to spare his life, focusing on the state’s refusal to disclose from which compounding pharmacy they obtain the lethal injection drug phenobarbital. Last night’s stay comes after Governor Jay Nixon had denied Smulls a stay of execution earlier in the evening. Herbert Smulls was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a St. Louis county jeweler and badly injuring his wife during a 1991 robbery.