Execution date set for St. Louis County Courthouse shooter

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 7:12 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — An execution date is scheduled for a man convicted in a 1992 shooting rampage at the St. Louis County Courthouse.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set an execution date of Aug. 7 for Kenneth Baumruk.

The court routinely sets execution dates after rejecting a convicted killer's initial appeal. But such dates are typically postponed because of subsequent appeals.

Baumruk was waiting for divorce proceedings when he pulled out two .38-caliber handguns and started shooting. He killed his wife and wounded four other people, including a security officer.

Police shot Baumruk nine times, including twice in the head. He initially was ruled incompetent for trial partly because of the head injuries.

At 70, Baumruk is the oldest man currently under a death sentence in Missouri.


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