St. Louis Public Radio News
8:51 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Skillicorn put to death in Missouri's first execution since 2005

Bonne Terre, Mo. – Missouri has carried out its first execution in nearly four years.

Staff at the prison in Bonne Terre gave Dennis Skillicorn a lethal injection just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead 11 minutes later.

Skillicorn was one of three men convicted in the 1994 kidnapping and murder of Richard Drummond.

The Excelsior Springs man had stopped to help the three after their car broke down on Interstate 70 near Fulton.

Skillicorn was on parole at the time for an earlier murder. He was also convicted of two subsequent murders in Arizona.

Supporters sought to have his death sentence commuted to life, saying he was a model prisoner.