St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Executions on hold again in Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – Executions in Missouri are effectively on hold again.

That's the opinion of the incoming Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, William Ray Price, Junior.

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently delayed the execution of Missouri Death Row inmate Reginald Clemons after his attorneys challenged the procedures the state uses to administer lethal injections.

"As long as the federal courts are staying executions to look at issues that are applicable across the board, I doubt if we will do anything," Price said.

Price takes over as Chief Justice July first.

Dennis Skillicorn was the first death row inmate in Missouri to be put to death in nearly four years when he was executed last month.