A federal judge has vacated a stay of execution for William Andrews, condemned to die for his role in the 1974 torture-murders of three people.

The order, issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge David K. Winder, does not have a significant impact on Andrews' appeal, which is now before the Utah Supreme Court.

The order to vacate was necessary to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal in April to reconsider its earlier refusal to hear the appeal.

Andrews and co-defendant Pierre Dale Selby, airmen stationed at Hill Air Force Base, were convicted of murdering two men and a woman during a robbery of the Ogden Hi Fi Shop. The victims were forced to drink caustic drain cleaner and one was raped before being shot in the head. Two others also were tortured, but survived.