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Politics
7:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:48 pm

Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.

Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people —  Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.

According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

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Crime
2:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Appeals court sets hearing in postponed execution

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A federal appeals court in St. Louis has set a September hearing in the case of a Missouri man whose late May execution was delayed by the U.S. Supreme Court hours before he was scheduled to die.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Missouri attorney general wants execution changes

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Missouri's attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an "uneasy cooperation" with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

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Politics
7:59 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Missouri execution postponed

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The Supreme Court has put off the execution of a Missouri inmate with a rare medical condition who challenged the state's refusal to disclose the source of its lethal injection drug.

The justices on Wednesday said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of convicted killer Russell Bucklew.

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures

Chris McDaniel

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 pm

Two suits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City challenging Missouri officials for failing to disclose information about the drugs the state uses in lethal injections.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

ACLU and anti-death penalty group ask Gov. Nixon to suspend executions

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and the Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty joined together last week to send a letter to Governor Jay Nixon requesting a suspension on executions until the procedures are made more transparent.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Lawyer wants to video upcoming Missouri execution

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The attorney for condemned Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew is seeking permission to video-record the execution, citing concerns that Bucklew could suffer during the process.

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Crime
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Anti-death penalty vigils held in Missouri on eve of Rousan execution

Members of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty held a vigil Tuesday, April 22, 2014, on the eve of William Rousan's execution.
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The state of Missouri has carried out its fourth execution this year. Just past midnight, William Rousan was executed for the 1993 murder of a 62-year-old woman in southeast Missouri. He was also convicted of killing the woman’s husband in a plan to steal their cows.

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Crime
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri continues to prepare for Rousan execution

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Efforts to spare the life of a condemned Missouri man hinge on an argument that has so far held little sway over the courts.

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Politics
8:33 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Senate panel reviews Missouri death penalty bills

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation on the death penalty.

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Crime
8:20 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:06 pm

Wednesday's execution of Michael Taylor marked the state's fourth in as many months - a dramatic uptick from recent years.

The state put Taylor to death for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in 1989. Gov. Jay Nixon called the crime "wanton" and "heinous" in a statement denying clemency and said the death penalty was the appropriate punishment.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:02 am

Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.

On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Although the terms were confidential, the pharmacy agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.

In a court filing Wednesday evening, the state said inmate Michael Taylor was trying to cut off the supply of the state's execution drug.

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Politics
8:26 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions

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Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:31 pm

Missouri's recent executions have sparked controversy lately -- not just for the secrecy and the source of the execution drug but also for the state's speed in carrying them out.

The Department of Corrections has carried out three executions in as many months. In all those cases, the inmate still had appeals pending at the time the state executed him.

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Politics
8:47 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Pharmacy Agrees To Not Sell Execution Drug To Missouri

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:54 pm

After a lawsuit filed by a death-row inmate, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma has agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.

Last week, a federal judge ordered the pharmacy to hold off on selling the drug to Missouri until further review. Before that could take place, however, the pharmacy and the inmate came to an agreement.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue February 11, 2014

After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee

Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi testifies before the House Committee on Government Oversight.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 6:30 pm

Despite the controversy over how Missouri has carried out its past three executions, a state House hearing on Monday revealed little that hasn't already been reported:

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oklahoma pharmacy seeks Missouri license

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An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy linked to Missouri's new lethal injection drug is now seeking a license to do business in the neighboring state.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

House committee cancels hearing on Mo. execution procedures

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A Missouri House panel has canceled a scheduled hearing about the state's controversial execution procedures.

Committee Chairman Jay Barnes says he called off Tuesday's hearing after learning that Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi was not going to attend it.

Barnes says he didn't want a one-sided hearing and hopes to reschedule at a later date.

It wasn't immediately clear why Lombardi wasn't going to be there.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Growing concern over Missouri execution drug

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As Missouri prepares for its third execution in two months, a chorus of concerns is raised about the secretive process of obtaining the lethal drug.

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Politics
8:03 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Opponents of death penalty plan Capitol rally today

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Death penalty opponents are using the 25th anniversary of Missouri's resumption of capital punishment to highlight their desire to halt executions.

George Mercer was executed on Jan. 6, 1989, for the 1978 rape and slaying of waitress Karen Keeten in the Kansas City area. Mercer's execution was Missouri's first after a nationwide moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in 1976.

Since then, Missouri has executed 70 inmates.

Death penalty opponents planned a news conference Monday at the Missouri Capitol.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Inmates' Lawyers Ask Mo. Board Of Pharmacy To Act Before Execution

A container of pentobarbital. Missouri's execution drug isn't like this one though, which is made by a manufacturer. The state is instead relying on a compounding pharmacy to emulate the drug.
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Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:36 pm

Lawyers representing death row inmates have filed a complaint with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, citing St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s investigation from earlier this week.

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Under the Microscope
1:19 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Missouri's Execution drug source raises legal, ethical questions in Missouri

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Missouri has put two people to death since last November, with another execution scheduled for late January. St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel and Véronique LaCapra have been looking into the state's secretive and controversial lethal injection process. They've discovered the state may be ignoring its own laws in carrying out the death penalty.

 

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 1:11 pm

In an investigation spanning the past few months, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon has discovered the state of Missouri may be ignoring its own laws in carrying out the death penalty by buying execution drugs from a pharmacy not licensed to do business in Missouri.

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