Missouri executions likely on hold again amid federal review

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | 1:01 p.m. CDT; updated 3:16 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 23, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Executions effectively are on hold again in Missouri.

Incoming Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr. said Tuesday that it's unlikely the Supreme Court will schedule any additional executions while a federal stay is in place for the execution of Reginald Clemons.

The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals put a hold on Clemons' scheduled June 17 execution after his attorneys challenged Missouri's lethal injection procedures. They are seeking further legal proceedings to ensure Missouri is using competent execution personnel.

Price said a federal decision in the Clemons case could apply to all Missouri inmates facing execution.

Missouri conducted no executions from October 2005 until this May because of a previous challenge to the state's lethal injection procedures.


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