Executions in Missouri
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."
Andre Cole is scheduled to die Tuesday for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over child support payments.
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.
Attorneys for Missouri's oldest death row inmate are now seeking a reprieve of the inmates Tuesday execution on grounds of dementia and incompetency.
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.
Cole killed a man in 1998 out of anger over a child support payment.
Walter Timothy Storey died by lethal injection early Wednesday for killing a female neighbor in St. Charles.
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.
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.
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.
The two men were put to death using the same three drugs used during Oklahoma's botched execution in April.
The execution would be Missouri's first in 2015, after a state record 10 inmates were put to death this year.
The execution began at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday, more than an hour after it was scheduled because of Supreme Court appeals.
Paul Goodwin, 48, faces lethal injection early Wednesday morning for killing 63-year-old Joan Crotts inside her St. Louis County home in 1998.
Taylor is the ninth man put to death in Missouri this year and the 11th since November 2013.
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.
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.
Taylor's execution, which would be the ninth in Missouri this year, is set for Wednesday Nov. 19.
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.
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.