June 18 execution date for Missouri man

June 18 execution date for Missouri man

The state, once among the nation’s more active death penalty states, resumed carrying out executions for the first time in nearly three years as the Department of Corrections adopted a new method for killing inmates—a single dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital. The drug was used in November to execute serial killer Joseph Franklin, who was convicted of a 1977 sniper shooting at a suburban St. Louis synagogue. It was used again in December to execute Allen Nicklasson, convicted in the killing of a Good Samaritan in 1994.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 11:40 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Another Missouri death row inmate is facing execution in June, potentially the eighth straight month that a convicted killer will be put to death at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set an execution date of June 18 for John E. Winfield, convicted of killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996.

Since November, Missouri has executed one man every month. Another execution is scheduled for May 21 when Russell Bucklew is to be put to death.

The new execution date comes amid growing scrutiny of lethal injection following a botched execution last month in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for another death row inmate while an investigation is conducted.

 

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