Missouri Death Penalty News

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(Jefferson City) The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man who admitted raping and killing a 9-year-old girl.

Christopher Collings was appealing his conviction.

The girl was taken from her home in Stella, raped and murdered, then dumped in a sinkhole in McDonald County.

The victim was the daughter of Collings friend, David Spears.

Spears pled guilty to reduced charges when prosecutors said they had no evidence tying him to the murder.

Collings had told investigators he freaked out and strangled Rowan ford when she looked at him while being raped.

I apologize for my not perfect English. Hopefully you understand what I mean. If not - ask me. I will try to explain.


Missouri death row inmate, 75, who shot his wife at courthouse divorce hearing before injuring four others dies in prison
4 November 2014

A 75-year-old man who was sentenced to death for killing his wife in a 1992 shooting rampage at the St. Louis County Courthouse has died in prison, the Missouri Department of Corrections said Monday.

Kenneth Baumruk died late Friday at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point of apparent natural causes, the agency said. He was the oldest inmate on Missouri's death row.

Baumruk pulled two handguns from a briefcase and opened fire in the Clayton courthouse on May 5, 1992, killing his wife, Mary, as their divorce hearing was about to begin.

He also wounded both of their lawyers, a bailiff and a security guard, and fired at a judge and police officers but missed.

Police returned fire and struck Baumruk nine times, including twice in the head.

Authorities said he had carried the .38-caliber handguns in his luggage on a flight from a Seattle, where he was living.

Baumruk initially was ruled incompetent for trial partly because of head injuries suffered when he was shot by police.

He was eventually found guilty and sentenced to die in 2001, but the case was thrown out by the Missouri Supreme Court.

A 2007 retrial held ended with Baumruk convicted of first-degree murder and again sentenced to die.

The jury ignored pleas from Baumruk's lawyers to find him not guilty by reason of what they called a delusional disorder that left him incapable of appreciating the error of his actions.

Baumruk was weeks away from execution in 2009, but the lethal injection was postponed by appeals.

The state Supreme Court upheld his conviction in 2012, letting stand lower court rulings that denied his claims of ineffective work by his lawyers.

A new execution date had not been set.

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Oh well,  he may have beaten justice but he's still worm food.

Enjoy your stay in hell scumbag!


Missouri Supreme Court OKs death for Jefferson City man
February 3, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a Jefferson City man convicted of killing a woman in 2009, despite claims that police unfairly tracked him through his cellphone.

The court on Tuesday didn't rule on whether police violated David Hosier's rights by tracing his location via his phone.

But the ruling says police had reason to search Hosier's car and apartment for evidence of his role in Angela Gilpin's death.

Hosier is set to be executed for killing Gilpin, with whom he had a relationship while she was separated from her husband. Ronald Gilpin also was shot to death in Angela Gilpin's Jefferson City apartment.

Hosier led Oklahoma police on a chase after he fled, and the judges said that gave officers cause to search his vehicle.

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Grinning Grim Reaper

Missouri's Grim (Great) Distinction

As the state takes the lead in per capita executions, defense lawyers call it a crisis, but the state says it's just doing its job.

Maurice Chammah 7:15 AM ET

This piece was reported through The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal-justice system.

Since Texas carried out the country's first lethal injection in 1982, the state has performed far more executions than any other state. To date, 528 men and women have been put to death in Texas, more than the total in the next eight states combined.

But viewed from a slightly different angle, Texas has lost its place as the epicenter of the American death penalty, at least for the moment. Since November 2013, when Missouri began performing executions at a rate of almost one per month, the state has outstripped Texas in terms of the execution rate per capita. In 2014, both states executed 10 people, but Texas has more than four times the population of Missouri. This year, the difference is not quite as stark (Texas: 10, Missouri: 5) but Missouri still ranks number one. The state that has become the center of so many conversations about criminal justice through the courts and cops of Ferguson is now the center of one more.


The politicians, judges, and prosecutors who keep the system running at full steam simply say the death penalty is a good thing and the pace of executions is a sign that nothing is gumming up the pipes of justice. Defense attorneys are more eager to talk about the reasons for the current situation. They tend to use the word "crisis."  ;D

The Drugs

The most important reason for the rise in Missouri's rate of execution is also the most mysterious. As other states have dealt with the nationwide shortage in lethal-injection drugs and lawsuits that have slowed down the pace of executions--Missouri has managed to get a steady supply of pentobarbital, a common execution drug.

The Secrecy Behind the Drugs Used to Carry Out the Death Penalty

Like their counterparts in all death-penalty states, Missouri officials are pushing in court to keep the source of their pentobarbital a secret. Texas has also exclusively used pentobarbital for executions in recent years, but has struggled to find a compounding pharmacy that will produce it. In Missouri, corrections officials had also struggled, but now have managed to stockpile the drug.

"We're the only state in the union with no trouble getting pentobarbital," says Cheryl Pilate, a Kansas City attorney who has represented death-row inmates. The pentobarbital made by small, generally unregulated compounding pharmacies--the choice in Texas--does not have a long shelf-life, leading Pilate and her colleagues to wonder whether Missouri officials are getting the drug from a veterinary supplier (the drug is often used to euthanize animals) or a manufacturer from overseas. Attorney General Chris Koster recently said in a court filing, quoted by BuzzFeed, that "Missouri uses pentobarbital as the lethal chemical in its execution process, but does not admit nor deny the chemical now used is compounded as opposed to manufactured."

The Governor and the Attorney General

Attorney General Koster, as well as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, are both Democrats and both outspoken supporters of the death penalty. Nixon himself was the attorney general before Koster, so both have overseen the state's side in fighting the appeals of death-row inmates, pushing them along toward execution. Koster has suggested that the state set up a laboratory to make its own supply of lethal-injection drugs.

Nixon has the power to commute death sentences to life in prison, but he has done so once in his six and a half years as governor, and he provided no explanation for why. Many political commentators have speculated that Nixon and Koster, as Democrats in a primarily conservative state--where the electoral votes went to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election--use executions to establish their tough-on-crime bonafides. "As a Democrat in public office, you would lose a lot of votes by not being enthusiastically in support of the death penalty," says Joseph Luby, an attorney with the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic in Kansas City.

Nixon and Koster's support for the death penalty fits a historical pattern of death-penalty support among blue governors in red states. In the 1990s, Texas Governor Ann Richards never commuted a death sentence and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton famously flew home from the presidential campaign trail to preside over an execution of a man missing part of his brain. (Nixon had his own similar case earlier this year.) At the same time, Republicans in states near Missouri--Governor John Kasich in Ohio and former Governor Mike Huckabee in Arkansas--have regularly granted clemency to death-row inmates.

Nixon's office did not respond to a request for comment on the politics of the death penalty, while Koster's press secretary, Nanci Gonder, replied that he "has consistently supported the death penalty for the most serious murder convictions" and "one of the duties of the Attorney General is to ensure that legal punishments for violating Missouri's criminal laws are carried out."

The Courts

Sean O'Brien, a professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, spent much of his career defending death-row inmates and recalled a case in which the judges at the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against the prosecution. In 2003, the court ruled in favor of a man who committed a murder before turning 18, a decision that was later ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court and became the basis for a nationwide ban on the execution of juveniles.

Missouri Supreme Court judges are appointed by the governor, and in 2013 Governor Nixon selected Judge Mary Russell to be chief justice, overseeing the setting of execution dates. Her court set up the one-a-month schedule in November of that year. When she stepped down in July this year, she told several reporters that the pace of executions picked up because they had been on hold during the lethal-injection drug shortage. Once the state had the drugs, she said, "there were a number of people who had been backlogged whose appeals were exhausted."

"The current pace of executions is preventing counsel for the condemned from performing competently."

"It's required by law that the Supreme Court shall set execution dates," she added. "It's not that we agree or disagree with the death penalty."

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which has final say over death cases in Missouri, rarely stops executions, according to O'Brien, the law professor. "We've got a situation where all three"--the governor, attorney general, and supreme court--"are lickety-split gung-ho on this, and the federal courts aren't stopping them."  8)

Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

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