Executions in Missouri

Missouri bishops say more executions is a 'grave concern'

In a letter to state leaders, the bishops questioned whether is was possible to thoroughly review each case when executions are carried out so "routinely."

Advocates for inmate ask Gov. Nixon to halt execution

Andre Cole is scheduled to die Tuesday for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over child support payments.

Supreme Court denies execution reprieve for Missouri inmate

Attorneys for Cecil Clayton said that he had an IQ of 71 and that psychiatric evaluations indicated he didn't understand the significance of his scheduled execution or the reasons for it, making him ineligible for execution under state and federal law.

Missouri inmate seeks execution reprieve for killing deputy

Attorneys for Missouri's oldest death row inmate are now seeking a reprieve of the inmates Tuesday execution on grounds of dementia and incompetency.

Texas prison agency seeks to replenish execution drug supply

After pharmaceutical companies stopped selling U.S. prisons the drugs used in lethal injections, death penalty states have turned to compounding pharmacies for made-to-order execution drugs.

Execution date set for Missouri inmate Andre Cole

Cole killed a man in 1998 out of anger over a child support payment.

Missouri inmate put to death for killing neighbor in 1990

Walter Timothy Storey died by lethal injection early Wednesday for killing a female neighbor in St. Charles.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When the death penalty hits close to home

Lisha Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, was robbed and murdered in 1998, and her killer is currently on Missouri's death row.

Supreme Court: Death row inmate Christeson deserves hearing

The justices said inmate Mark Christeson should get a chance to argue that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective. It is uncommon for someone to be executed without a federal appeals court hearing.


Judge rejects DNA test sought by inmate nearing execution

Williams is scheduled to die on Jan. 29 in Missouri's first execution of the new year after 10 inmates were put to death in 2014.

Oklahoma, Florida inmates executed Thursday

The two men were put to death using the same three drugs used during Oklahoma's botched execution in April.

Execution date set for man who killed woman during burglary

The execution would be Missouri's first in 2015, after a state record 10 inmates were put to death this year.

UPDATE: Missouri executes Paul Goodwin for 1998 hammer attack in St. Louis County

The execution began at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday, more than an hour after it was scheduled because of Supreme Court appeals.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon declines to stop Missouri execution

Paul Goodwin, 48, faces lethal injection early Wednesday morning for killing 63-year-old Joan Crotts inside her St. Louis County home in 1998.

Missouri executes Leon Taylor for 1994 killing

Taylor is the ninth man put to death in Missouri this year and the 11th since November 2013.

UPDATE: Justices reject condemned Missouri inmate's appeal; governor denies clemency

The court rejected two appeals without comment, although justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan would have voted to grant a request dealing with a challenge to the way Missouri carries out executions.

UPDATE: Attorneys ask for clemency for Missouri man scheduled to be executed

Leon Taylor is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a gas station attendant during a robbery in 1994. Taylor, who is black, was sentenced to death by an all-white jury.


Taylor's lawyers have asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to grant a stay and have requested clemency from Nixon.

Mid-Missouri groups speak out against planned Leon Taylor execution

Taylor's execution, which would be the ninth in Missouri this year, is set for Wednesday Nov. 19.

Clemency requested for condemned Missouri inmate

Attorneys for Leon Taylor, who is black, argue that he was sentenced by an all-white jury and that there is concern about prosecutor misconduct during his trial.

Execution set for Missouri man who killed neighbor

The state Supreme Court on Thursday scheduled the execution of 47-year-old Paul Goodwin for Dec. 10. Missouri has executed eight men already in 2014, with the execution of Leon Taylor scheduled for Nov. 19.