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Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentence of Michael Tisius

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 10:15 a.m. CST; updated 9:07 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Supreme Court upheld Michael Tisius' death sentence Monday, denying his appeal that included seven arguments that combated the sentence.

Tisius and fellow inmate Roy Vance's girlfriend, Tracie Bulington, were convicted on murder charges in 2001 for shooting and killing Randolph County Jail officers Jason Acton and Leon Egley.

Tisius and Bulington resorted to shooting and killing both jailers when a plan to help Vance escape from Randolph County Jail failed in Hunstville in 2000. The two fled from the scene and were later arrested in Kansas.

Tisius' change-of-venue trial took place in Boone County with a jury from St. Charles County. Tisius was given the death sentence in 2001 on two counts of first-degree murder. The jury sentenced Bulington with two life sentences in prison after she pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Tisius' death sentence was re-affirmed in September 2010 as part of a retrial after the high court overturned the sentence in 2008, which led to the new appeal that was denied and the upholding of his death sentence.


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