Executions in Missouri

Missouri executes man convicted in 1998 Columbia robbery, double murder

Earl Ringo Jr.'s execution was the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November.

UPDATE: Federal appeals court refuses to halt Missouri execution

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.

UPDATE: Missouri, Texas plan executions Wednesday

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.

Man scheduled for execution in Columbia killings requests stay

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.

Missouri court switches inmate for execution date

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.

UPDATE: Missouri inmate Michael Worthington executed for killing neighbor

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.

UPDATE: Missouri executes John Middleton

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.

Attorneys for condemned Missouri man claim innocence

An affidavit signed by a witness who came forward in February suggests that two other men were the real killer.

Missouri sets August execution for Worthington

Worthington was convicted of first-degree murder, rape and first-degree burglary. He is now 43 years old.

Death row inmate seeks independent clemency review

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.

UPDATE: Missouri executes inmate for killing 2 women

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.

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

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 prepares for fifth execution in 2014

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.

UPDATE: Georgia execution first since botched injection

John Ruthell Henry's execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Florida.

Convicted killer Winfield's daughter asks governor for clemency

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.

Another appeal filed for Missouri death row inmate goes to Supreme Court

Attorneys for John Winfield appeal ruling on use of pentobarbital to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Condemned inmate Winfield seeks stay from Missouri Supreme Court

A Missouri inmate scheduled to be put to death next week is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to halt the execution.

UPDATE: Inmate's challenge to execution secrecy rejected

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.

UPDATE: Inmate challenges death penalty drug secrecy

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.

Missouri inmate Winfield seeks stay of 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.