Missouri schedules another execution

Jul 1, 2014

Michael Worthington
Michael Worthington
Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

The Missouri Supreme Court has set an Aug. 6 execution for a St. Louis area man convicted of raping and killing a neighbor nearly two decades ago.

Michael Shane Worthington was sentenced to death for the September 1995 slaying of 24-year-old college student Melinda Griffin at her Lake St. Louis condominium.

According to court records, Worthington took drugs before cutting through a screen window at Griffin's home and attacking her. Worthington was convicted of first-degree murder, rape and first-degree burglary. He is now 43 years old. The court set the execution date Monday.

Missouri has executed seven inmates since last November and is also scheduled to administer a lethal injection July 16 to inmate John Middleton.