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