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Death Penalty
2:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Missouri Sets Execution Record With 10 In One Year

Early Wednesday morning, Missouri set a record for its number of executions in a year.

Paul Goodwin was the 10th man executed, more than any other year since the death penalty was reinstated in the state.

Goodwin was put to death for sexually assaulting Joan Crotts, a 63-year-old widow, and then killing her with a hammer in 1998 in St. Louis County.

In denying clemency, Gov. Jay Nixon referred to the crime as "brutal" and "senseless."

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Death Penalty
1:37 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Missouri Executes Leon Taylor, 9th Inmate This Year

Early Wednesday morning, Missouri executed its 9th man this year.

In 1994, Leon Taylor killed 53-year-old Robert Newton, a clerk, as part of a gas station robbery.  Taylor then pointed the gun at Newton's 8-year-old daughter, who had just seen her stepfather killed, but the gun didn't fire.

In denying clemency, Nixon wrote:

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Death Penalty
2:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Execution Postponed After Supreme Court Intervention

Just hours before it was scheduled to begin, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed Missouri inmate Mark Christeson's execution. He was set to be put to death for killing a southern Missouri woman and her two children in 1998.

The Supreme Court granted a temporary stay over concerns that Christeson's case had no federal review. Justices will consider whether there should be oral arguments in the case.

If the high court were to remove its stay, the Missouri Supreme Court would have to set a new execution date. December would be the earliest date that it could be set.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Legal Roundtable Discusses Lingering Ferguson Issues, New Missouri Laws

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Legal questions surrounding Michael Brown’s death and events in Ferguson again dominated the conversation among our legal roundtable.

Justice Department Investigations

The Justice Department has three roles in Ferguson, said William Freivogel, director of the school of journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. First: A criminal investigation, independent of the state’s investigation.

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Death Penalty
3:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

When Missouri Has Injected Midazolam

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Missouri prison officials said under oath that they would not use midazolam in executions. But a St. Louis Public Radio investigation revealed last week that the state has used it in nine executions since 2013.

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Death Penalty
7:39 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Missouri Executes Earl Ringo, Eighth Inmate Of The Year

No state has carried out more executions than Missouri this year. Early this morning, Missouri carried out its eighth execution of 2014.

Earl Ringo was put to death for killing two people during a robbery that went bad in Columbia.

"Ringo was convicted of the murders of Dennis Poyser and Joanna Baysinger during the robbery of a restaurant in Columbia," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement denying clemency. "Both were shot to death brutally, without mercy. The evidence that was presented at trial left no doubt about Ringo’s guilt."

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Death Penalty
2:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Two Challenges Brought By Death Row Inmates

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(Updated at 2:50 p.m., Tues., Sept. 9.) 

Even as the state prepares for another execution at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, two separate cases charge that the state's lethal injection method amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

On Tuesday morning, a federal appeals court heard arguments in two lawsuits brought by inmates on death row against the Department of Corrections, alleging the state's execution methods violate the Eighth Amendment, the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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Death Penalty
10:01 am
Sat September 6, 2014

State Reveals More Details Of Midazolam Use When Inmates Are Executed

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(Updated at 10:01 a.m., Sat., Sept. 6 with the attorney general's response)

Lawyers representing inmate Earl Ringo are asking a federal judge to halt his upcoming execution, citing new information uncovered in a St. Louis Public Radio investigation.

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Death Penalty
10:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Missouri Swore It Wouldn’t Use A Controversial Execution Drug. It Did.

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(Updated at 10:51 am, Thurs., Sept. 4 with further response from the Department of Corrections)

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Death Penalty
1:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution

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For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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