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  The oldest man on death row in Missouri is scheduled for execution next month for killing a deputy sheriff in 1996.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set an execution date of March 17 for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton.

News of Tuesday's botched execution in Oklahoma got us thinking more generally about who is in prison and who is facing the death penalty.

Here are some figures that may surprise you:

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As the Missouri Supreme Court decides whether to set execution dates for six condemned killers, attorneys for death row inmates are citing concerns over the state's new one-drug lethal injection method as among the reasons why the executions should not proceed.

Missouri first state to adopt propofol for executions

May 24, 2012
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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.