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      Condemned man worried about execution

      Bucklew suffers from a congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels.

      A Missouri inmate facing execution next week says he is scared that the lethal drug could cause him to suffer or be left alive but brain-dead.

      Russell Bucklew, who turned 46 on Friday, is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a romantic rival in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1996.

      It would be the first execution in the U.S. since April 29, when Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after a vein collapsed following injection. The incident created new concern about lethal injection.

      Bucklew suffers from a congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, and tumors in his nose and throat. He told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that his biggest fear is being left brain-dead.