Executions in Missouri
Earl Ringo Jr.'s execution was the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November.
Earl Ringo Jr. is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing two people during a Columbia restaurant robbery in 1998.
Earl Ringo Jr. is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri for killing two people during a robbery at a Columbia restaurant in 1998. The execution would be the eighth in the state this year.
Earl Ringo Jr., who received his death sentence in connection with a robbery at a Ruby Tuesday in Columbia that resulted in the death of two employees, requested the governor appoint a board of inquiry to examine if a racial factor played a role in his trial.
The Supreme Court ordered Earl Ringo Jr. to be put to death Sept. 10 instead of Leon Taylor. The execution would continue the state's pace this year of scheduling an execution each month in Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Corrections said Michael Worthington was executed by lethal injection at the state prison and was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m. He is the seventh Missouri inmate executed this year.
John Middleton, 54, died from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more executions.
An affidavit signed by a witness who came forward in February suggests that two other men were the real killer.
Worthington was convicted of first-degree murder, rape and first-degree burglary. He is now 43 years old.
Because Gov. Jay Nixon was the state attorney general at the time of John Middleton's sentence, the death row inmate is seeking an independent three-person panel to commute his sentence.
John Winfield, 46, was executed for a jealous rampage in 1996 in which he shot three women in the head. Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy died, while Winfield's former girlfriend, Carmelita Donald, survived but was blinded.
Amid the court battles, many pro-death penalty states kept pushing to resume executions, including the three carried out during the quick burst this week in Missouri, Georgia and Florida.
Missouri has become one of the nation's most active death penalty states, with the state's Department of Corrections preparing for its fifth execution this year and seventh since November.
John Ruthell Henry's execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Florida.
John Winfield's execution is on hold, at least for now. A federal judge in St. Louis on Thursday granted a stay of execution over claims that a prison worker was intimidated into dropping plans to write a clemency letter on Winfield's behalf. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed, and the case is pending in the 8th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals.
Attorneys for John Winfield appeal ruling on use of pentobarbital to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A Missouri inmate scheduled to be put to death next week is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to halt the execution.
Condemned inmate John Winfield sought a preliminary injunction for the information. He argued that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating state public records laws by keeping the information secret.
An attorney for condemned inmate John Winfield on Wednesday asked a judge in the state capital to issue a preliminary injunction that would postpone the scheduled execution.
John Winfield is scheduled to die June 18 for killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996. His attorneys on Monday requested a stay, claiming that Missouri's lethal injection process violates his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.