death penalty

Politics
4:39 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change

A picture of propofol, a drug Mo. was planning to use for lethal injection. Under the state's new rule, showing who made or supplied the drug would be illegal.
Veronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:05 pm

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Nixon instructed the Missouri Department of Corrections to come up with a new procedure for carrying out lethal injections.

On Tuesday, the department announced that it had chosen a new execution drug: pentobarbital. But the state also made a change that will end up making it harder, if not impossible, to know where the drugs come from.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug

Lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.
California Department of Corrections

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:30 pm

On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Corrections announced that it had selected a new drug for upcoming executions: pentobarbital.

The change comes following criticism of the questionable methods Missouri had obtained the drug it had previously planned to use, as well as concern that its use could harm hospitals throughout the U.S. The state had planned to use a common anesthetic named propofol, which has never been used to carry out an execution.

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Under the Microscope
7:24 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Why Gov. Nixon halted an execution over propofol concerns

Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Crime
4:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Mo. judge bars character testimony in murder case

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A judge has excluded testimony about the good character of a southeast Missouri murder victim when his convicted killer gets a new sentencing hearing.

The ruling Friday by Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane comes as attorneys are preparing for a sentencing hearing for Mark Gill.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:18 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. anesthesiology group raises execution concerns

A syringe of propofol
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A group representing Missouri anesthesiologists is urging the state to drop plans to use propofol in an upcoming execution, saying the fallout could jeopardize the availability of the anesthetic for thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics that rely on it.

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Politics
7:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

In effort to block executions in Mo., ACLU focuses on anesthesiologist

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The American Civil Liberties Union hopes to block two executions in Missouri this fall by seeking to disqualify the anesthesiologist used by the Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey Mittman is Executive Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  He says the American Board of Anesthesiology has recently adopted the same standards used by the American Medical Association, meaning that they cannot participate in ending someone's life.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Missouri Supreme Court schedules two executions using new anesthetic

A syringe of propofol
Credit Nottingham Vet School / Flickr

The Missouri Supreme Court's decision to move ahead with two executions this year is being questioned by some death penalty observers and opponents.

The state High Court on Wednesday set execution dates for condemned killers Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. Missouri plans to become the first-ever state to use the anesthetic propofol for lethal injection. Propofol was used in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Nixon shows no support for gas chamber execution method

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit KBIA File Photo

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he does not support the gas chamber method to execute prisoners according to KMOX. The issue of lethal injection in death penalty cases has been tied up in courts. Last week, Attorney General Chris Koster suggested Missouri use gas chambers for prisoner executions. He says state statutes allow for either method of execution. 

When Governor Nixon was asked about Koster's suggestion at a press conference Tuesday, he said Missouri does not have a gas chamber and issues related to the death penalty need to be worked out in the courts. 

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Politics
8:33 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Mo. AG says state may have to use gas chamber

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Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri may have to resort to using the gas chamber to carry out death sentences. It would be considered as an “unintended consequence” of the state Supreme Court’s refusal to set execution dates.

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Crime
4:26 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Mo. AG seeks to execute 2 men, cites drug shortage

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for two inmates before the state's supply of an execution drug expires.

Koster has renewed a request for execution dates to be set for Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. The state's highest court refused to do so last August, citing a legal challenge to the state's newly planned use of the drug propofol as its execution method.

The attorney general's office said Monday that the Department of Corrections has a limited supply of propofol and much of it will expire next spring.

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Politics
8:47 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Drugs used in Mo. executions bump into European Union law

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Missouri’s plans to use the anesthetic propofol in executions may face new delays.

In May, Missouri announced it was switching to propofol after sodium thiopental, another drug commonly used in executions, became harder to acquire. But, Fresenius Kabi USA, one of propofol’s two domestic suppliers, announced last week it was instructing its distributors not to fill orders from departments of corrections in the United States.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court declines to set execution dates

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The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Missouri first state to adopt propofol for executions

KBIA file photo

The Missouri Department of Corrections will switch to propofol for all executions.

It’s is best known as the anesthetic that killed pop star Michael Jackson.

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Politics
9:23 am
Thu March 22, 2012

House discusses death penalty abolition in Missouri

A new bill in the Mo. House would abolish the dealth penalty in the state.
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A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, the bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to “life without parole."

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

New study shows it may be easier to utilize death penalty in Missouri

It may be easier to be sentenced to death in Missouri than in other states, according to a study released today.

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Newscasts
5:19 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Newscast for February 14, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The state Supreme Court tosses out ethics rules passed by the legislature in 2010
  • Derrick Washington pleads guilty to assault
  • A trial judge throws out a lawsuit concerning the new congressional house districts
  • Attorney General Chris Koster writes to the SCOTUS concerning the federal health care mandate
Politics
4:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Bill calls for review of comparative cost of death penalty

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Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

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AM Newscasts
9:26 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Newscast for January 30, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Legislation making Missouri a "right-to-work" state returns to the state Capitol.
  • A proposed bill would abolish the death penalty in Missouri, but its detractors greatly outnumber its supporters.
  • Republican hopefuls for Claire McCaskill's U.S. Senate seat will debate in a Branson high school auditorium tonight.

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