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on: August 08, 2014, 07:14:09 AM 1 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: A Long Dry Spell...

Leon Taylor -  MO - 9/10/14 out and Earl Ringo - MO - 9/10/14 in.  Even Steven.  8)

on: August 08, 2014, 06:56:02 AM 2 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Earl Ringo Jr. - MO - 9/10/14

Execution Date Set for Earl Ringo Jr.


Brian Hauswirth

POSTED: 04:49 PM CDT Aug 07, 2014

The Missouri Supreme Court late Thursday afternoon scheduled a September 10 execution date for convicted killer Earl Ringo Jr.

Ringo was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to death for the brutal July 4, 1998 double killing at Columbia's Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Bernadette. Prosecutors said Ringo killed Ruby Tuesday employee Joanna Baysinger and delivery driver Dennis Poyser.  Baysinger and Poyser, who lived in Indiana, were both shot to death during a robbery.

Ringo and a friend, Quentin Jones, were captured by authorities later in July 1998 near Jeffersonville, Indiana. Jones pleaded guilty to first and second degree murder and later testified against Ringo, who was convicted and sentenced to death.

Ringo is currently incarcerated at the maximum-security Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point. He's set to be executed on September 10 in Bonne Terre. Jones is currently incarcerated at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. He's serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole.

www.abc17news.com

on: August 07, 2014, 09:26:49 AM 3 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / A Long Dry Spell...

...of 35 days until the next scheduled execution.

The remainder of 2014:

September
10 TX Willie Trottie
10 MO Leon Taylor
17 TX Lisa Coleman
18 OH Ronald Phillips
22 PA Hubert Michael

October     
7 TN Billy Irick
15 OH Raymond Tibbetts
15 TX Larry Hatten
28 TX Miguel Paredes

November     
13 OK Charles Warner
19 OH Gregory Lott
20 OK Richard Glossip
26 IN William Gibson

December     
4 OK John Grant
9 TN Ed Zagorski

5 sure things (TX & MO), 6 pretty solid (OK & OH), 3 very shaky (TN & PA) and 1 no go (IN).  There could be up to 14 condemned murderers to take their juice and MO and FL could slip 3 0r 4 more in.

It will be interesting to see if PA makes history on September 22 with Hubert Michael becoming the first involuntarily executed inmate in over 50 years.  8)

on: August 06, 2014, 10:03:25 AM 4 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014 - Executed

I'll no longer have to suffer," Worthington said in a final written statement. "It's really my beloved friends and family that will suffer. May God forgive those who call this justice."

I have news for this narcissistic POS:  Most folks around here do call it justice....and I don't think we need to be forgiven either.

on: August 06, 2014, 06:16:33 AM 5 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

Last words and such...

I'll no longer have to suffer," Worthington said in a final written statement. "It's really my beloved friends and family that will suffer. May God forgive those who call this justice."

His last meal was a cheeseburger, rib-eye steak, onion rings and fries.

Factoids...

Worthington was the 7th inmate execute in Missouri this year and the 77th since executions resumed.
His was the 27th US execution in 2014 and the 1386th since 1976.

The skinny...

Missouri drew "dead" even with Texas for the most murderers executed this year with 7 each.  Like so many before him Worthington rode, among others, the drug secrecy card all the way to SCOTUS...and like all of those before him he's now dead.

on: August 05, 2014, 07:00:48 AM 6 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

And Worthington's ambulance chasers arrive at the 11th hour at SCOUTUS...


No. 14A141 
Title:  Michael S. Worthington, Applicant v. George A. Lombardi, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections, et al.
 
Docketed: August 1, 2014
Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Case Nos.: (14-2220)

~~~Date~~~  ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Aug 1 2014 Application (14A141) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Alito. 
Aug 1 2014 Response to application from respondent George A. Lombardi, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections, et al. filed. 
Aug 4 2014 Reply of applicant Michael S. Worthington filed. 
 
No. 14-5544      *** CAPITAL CASE ***   

Title: Michael Shane Worthington, Petitioner v. Troy Steele, Warden
 
Docketed: July 31, 2014
Linked with 14A135
Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Missouri

Case Nos.: (SC94161)
Decision Date: June 24, 2014

~~~Date~~~  ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jul 31 2014 Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed.
Jul 31 2014 Application (14A135) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Alito. 
Aug 1 2014 Brief of respondent Troy Steele, Warden in opposition filed. 

www.supremecourt.gov

on: August 05, 2014, 06:51:48 AM 7 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

Parents of murdered Lake Saint Louis woman near end of 19-year wait for killer's execution


LAKE SAINT LOUIS • Carol and Jack Angelbeck headed straight to the cemetery from the airport Monday.

They’re back in town because Michael Worthington, the killer of Carol Angelbeck’s daughter, is scheduled to be executed just after midnight Tuesday.

Melissa “Mindy” Griffin, who loved horses, is buried in the Cemetery of Our Lady, not far from the National Equestrian Center in Lake Saint Louis.

“From the time she could talk, she said horse; that’s all she ever wanted,” Carol Angelbeck said.

The Angelbecks raised Clydesdales on their farm in Troy, Mo. Griffin helped take care of the animals and drove them in shows around the country.

She also was a full-time finance student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and worked at two restaurants to support herself. The Angelbecks now live in Ocala, Fla., where they continue to raise draft horses.

Angelbeck said the nearly 19-year wait to carry out the death sentence has been too long. And she is worried about a last-minute stay because of problems with a recent execution in Arizona.

Worthington’s attorney, Kent Gipson of Kansas City, said he is hoping for a stay on those grounds.

In the Arizona case, the state used a two-drug cocktail including a Valium-like drug, midazolam, that is often given to patients before surgery, and an opioid, hydromorphone, which in high doses stops respiration.

Missouri uses a single heavy dose of the sedative pentobarbital.

Angelbeck said the stay request should be rejected because Missouri does not use the same drugs as Arizona. “Besides, this case is cut and dried,” she said.

Worthington pleaded guilty to murdering Griffin, 24, in her Lake Saint Louis condominium on Sept. 30, 1995. He said he had spent the day drinking and using drugs before he broke in.

He strangled Griffin to get her to be quiet and then started raping her. When Griffin regained consciousness and began to fight back, Worthington said he strangled her until she stopped breathing.

“I only listened to a half a minute of it before I asked the judge if I could leave,” Angelbeck said, “but I read the transcripts. He said it matter of fact, like he was reading a book.”

Worthington, who also was 24 at the time of the murder, was captured a few days later in Jennings. He was in Griffin’s car and had some of her jewelry and other belongings.

Worthington entered the plea in front of then-Circuit Court Judge Grace Nichols in the hopes of getting life in prison, but Nichols gave him the death penalty.

His attorneys argued unsuccessfully that mitigating circumstances warranted the lesser penalty. Worthington of Peoria, Ill., had an abusive childhood. His father taught him to steal and take drugs before he was 13. His mother was a crack addict and later turned to prostitution.

Worthington would be the seventh person executed in Missouri this year. The state Supreme Court recently scheduled an execution for Sept. 10 for the killer of a service station attendant in Independence, Mo.

Angelbeck, now 76, said for the first five years after her daughter’s death, she prayed every day for God to let her die.

“I couldn’t live with the pain,” she said. “It was a pain that I don’t even know if it was in my head or my stomach or what. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t do anything.”

Angelbeck waited until Worthington was sentenced before she ordered a marker for her daughter’s grave because she couldn’t bear to see Griffin’s name and date of death in stone.

Over the years, the Angelbecks coped by starting a local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. They established a scholarship fund in their daughter’s name at UMSL and a trophy for Best Lady Driver in her name with a national Clydesdale association.

On Monday, the Angelbecks went to the grave with Griffin’s older sister, Debbie Selecky, and her husband Jim, who live in Chesterfield. Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Mike Force and Assistant Chief Chris DiGiuseppe, arrived a short time later.

Jim Selecky used a shovel to dig a small hole near Griffin’s headstone to bury the ashes of Baron, her Newfoundland. The dog was five months old when Griffin was murdered, and neighbors recalled seeing her walking the puppy around the complex.

Griffin’s black granite tombstone is etched with a picture of her driving a cart pulled by a Clydesdale and a quote from “The Little Prince” about living in the stars.

Angelbeck worried that the drawing was fading, and Griffin’s dress no longer looked red. She placed a single red rose in the ground with a note that read, “My precious Mindy, I miss you so much.”

Afterward, family members sat on a bench the Angelbecks had put in under a tree.

Force said he comes to the grave a couple of times a week, sits on the bench and reflects.

He didn’t know Griffin before her death but became close to the family during the trial and subsequent appeals. The murder was the first in Lake Saint Louis. At the sentencing, Force testified about the impact Griffin’s death had on the residents, especially the women, of the quiet community.

“When I learned Mindy’s background and what she did in life and what she did to help other people, her murder was so senseless,” he said.

Force, along with then-prosecutor Tim Braun, victims advocates and friends of the Angelbecks will be with the Angelbecks at the execution, set for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Angelbeck said she was disappointed to learn that the glass in the room where she will view the execution is one way — Worthington won’t be able to see her.

“I wanted him to know that I was there, that even though I wasn’t there to protect my daughter, I was there to see this done,” she said.

Angelbeck said some people have asked her if it would have been easier on her if the judge had sentenced Worthington to life in prison. She said it wouldn’t have been.

“The only way they can guarantee me that Worthington will never rape or kill another human being is to execute him, and that’s why I believe in the death penalty,” she said.

Until the Missouri Supreme Court set Worthington’s execution date, Angelbeck said she didn’t think about him much, but her daughter has remained the first thing on her mind in the morning and the last thing at night.

With the execution looming, she said she has relived everything they went through.

“I’ve asked God many times to be with me and show me the way,” she said. “I know that you’re supposed to be able to forgive them, but I don’t know that I can ever forgive him for taking my daughter’s life like he did.”

Angelbeck is not sure how she’ll feel when it’s over, but she is hoping, finally, for peace.

“I won’t have to think about what he did to her any more,” she said. “I can just remember my Mindy; she’ll always be in my heart.”

www.stltoday.com

on: July 31, 2014, 01:25:32 PM 8 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

Mother of condemned man’s victim reacts to setting of his execution date

By Mike Lear

Carol Angelbeck has been waiting 15 years since her daughter’s killer was sentenced to death. Now she has learned her wait could be over.

24-year-old Mindy Griffin was found dead in her apartment on September 30, 1995, the victim of rape and murder. Her stolen car was found later that day being driven by her neighbor, Michael Shane Worthington. His confession and DNA later tied him to the murder and he was sentenced to death in 1999.

Angelbeck, now 76, was told that the Supreme Court has set August 6 as the date for his execution.

“I just couldn’t believe that it was finally going to come to an end. That I was finally going to not have to deal with this portion of the murder of my daughter,” Angelbeck tells Missourinet. “I didn’t have to deal with the justice system or anything else anymore. All I have to think about is my Mindy and what she would be doing by now.”

Angelbeck now lives in Florida with her husband where they raise horses. She has already started making arrangements for others to care for their property and animals, and to fly to Missouri to be here for Worthington’s execution.

She says it’s not a matter of closure or revenge for her.

“I guess I’ve always felt that if you believe … and I could be wrong … but for me, I feel like if you believe in the death penalty as a punishment for the most heinous of murders, then you should be willing to go through with the whole thing,” says Angelbeck.

She says she doesn’t know how she will feel when the execution is over.

“I’m sure that every emotion runs through your mind,” Angelbeck says. “It’s another human being dying, but yet if you think about your child that’s been murdered … I don’t know … I really don’t know what I’m going to feel until it’s over.”

Angelbeck says she hasn’t known how to feel for more than 18 years.

“We were thrown into the justice system when Mindy was murdered. I can remember the day after day after day living with this. The anger when I found out who did this to Mindy, when they showed me his picture. The anger was so bad in me for probably the first 5 or 10 years. I just couldn’t understand how he could do this to my daughter,” says Angelbeck. “It went from anger to not knowing what to do next, to trying to see that justice was done.”

One thing she does not expect is for Worthington’s death to put an end to any part of her life now. Over the years since Mindy’s death, Angelbeck has worked with and encouraged families of other murder victims as a chapter leader for Parents of Murdered Children.

She says she can’t stop that because there are still people that need help.

“One man in particular … his sister was violently murdered by a man in (the prison in) Potosi and he’s up for execution too, and I talk to him all the time,” says Angelbeck. “There’s about four or five other people, and so we all really kind of support each other.”

One of Angelbeck’s frustrations with the system concerns the length of time it takes to carry out death sentences. She notes the recent decision by the state Supreme Court in Florida that upheld that state’s “Timely Justice Act,” designed to keep condemned inmates from languishing on death row for decades before their sentences are carried out.

Still, she says if she could go back now and choose for Worthington to be sentenced to life in prison, to save herself some of the grief and struggles of the past two decades, she would not change anything.  She says it is the work she has done that has meant Mindy’s death was not in vain.

“For me, I think it was helping others as Parents of Murdered Children’s chapter leader and for fighting to see that justice is done for these victims, that, to me, is what got me through the last 18 years.”

www.missourinet.com

on: July 25, 2014, 08:53:04 AM 9 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014 - Executed



Botched Execution Nothing to Lose Sleep Over



On July 24, 2014, in Muth's Truths, by Chuck Muth

So bleeding heart liberals are in a tizzy over the fact that it took almost two hours for Joseph Rudolph Wood to die after his lethal injection in Arizona on Wednesday.  His attorneys claim their client was “gasping and snorting” for an hour and death penalty opponents will certainly use this incident to complain of cruel and unusual punishment.

You know what I think is cruel and unusual?  What Wood did to land on death row in the first place, that’s what.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections website, Wood “had been involved in a turbulent relationship for 5 years,” including “numerous breakups and several domestic violence incidents” with his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Debbie Dietz.

Twenty-nine years old.  Her whole life still ahead of her.  Now here’s the rest of the story…

“Debbie was working at a local body shop owned by her family. On August 7, 1989, Wood walked into the shop and shot Gene Dietz, age 55, in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver, killing him.

“Gene Dietz’s 70-year-old brother was present and tried to stop Wood, but Wood pushed him away and proceeded into another section of the body shop.

“Wood went up to Debbie, placed her in some type of hold, and shot her once in the abdomen and once in the chest, killing her. Wood then fled the building.

“Two police officers approached Wood and ordered him to drop his weapon. After Wood placed the weapon on the ground, he reached down and picked it up, and pointed it at the officers. The officers fired, striking Wood several times. Wood was transported to a local hospital where he underwent extensive surgery.”

So this guy beats up his girlfriend multiple times.  She breaks up with him.  He shows up at her place of business without warning.  Kills her unarmed father for no reason.  Kills his unarmed ex for breaking up with him.  Then tries to kill two police officers.

And I’m supposed to feel badly that this murderous piece of human garbage didn’t die a quick and totally painless death?

Wood got to live almost 25 years longer than the two people whose lives he snuffed out.  How are their murders not cruel and unusual punishment for both the victims and their families?

As for death penalty opponents who claim the death penalty is not a deterrent, let me assure you that thanks to the death penalty Joseph Rudolph Wood absolutely, positively, without a doubt, will never, ever murder an innocent person again.  He has been permanently deterred

As for the afterlife, I can only hope that when Wood reaches the Gates of Hades, Saddam Hussein is the greeter, takes a fancy to him, and makes him his boy-toy for eternity.

Rest in pain, Mr. Wood.  Rest in pain.

www.muthstruths.com

on: July 23, 2014, 01:06:27 PM 10 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Donald Newbury - TX - 02/04/15

The group included the following Texas state prisoners:

Donald Keith Newbury, execution date set

Larry James Harper death via suicide to avoid capture by law enforcement (it worked  8)  )

George Angel Rivas, Jr. group leader, executed
Michael Anthony Rodriguez, executed (volunteer)

Joseph Christopher Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin and Patrick Henry Murphy are all under sentence of death.

The wheels of justice often turn slowly even in the great state of Texas.

on: July 22, 2014, 11:42:28 AM 11 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Donald Newbury - Tx - 02/04/15

Execution date set for ‘Texas 7' gang member Donald Newbury


Associated Press

Published: 22 July 2014 11:58 AM

Updated: 22 July 2014 12:30 PM

HOUSTON — One of the infamous “Texas 7” gang of escapees now has an execution date.

State District Judge Rick Magnis has signed an order scheduling 52-year-old condemned inmate Donald Newbury for lethal injection on Feb. 4.

Newbury and six other convicts engineered the biggest prison escape in Texas history when they broke out of a South Texas prison in December 2000. Eleven days later, on Christmas Eve, they killed Irving officer Aubrey Hawkins while robbing a sporting goods store in the Dallas suburb.

When the gang was captured in Colorado a month later, one member committed suicide as police closed in. The six others all received death sentences for Hawkins’ slaying. Two of them have been executed.

At the time of the escape, Newbury was serving 99 years for aggravated robbery.

www.dallasmorningnews.com

Time to get Donny Boy back out front.  8)

on: July 22, 2014, 06:51:06 AM 12 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Arizona execution drug case heads to Supreme Court


By:  Associated Press

Posted: 2:09 PM, Jul 21, 2014
 
Updated: 5:32 PM, Jul 21, 2014

PHOENIX - A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Arizona cannot execute a death row inmate without providing detailed information about the drugs intended for his lethal injection, a decision that prompted state officials to say they will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The dispute centers on whether a man convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend and her father should have access to information the state of Arizona has refused to provide, and it comes amid nationwide scrutiny surrounding capital punishment.

Arizona officials lost their attempt to overturn a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled recently that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood "raised serious questions" about whether he should have "access to lethal injection drug information and executioner qualifications."

Arizona is among several states that refuse to disclose the supplier of their execution drugs, how or whether those drugs are tested, or details about the qualifications of the execution team.

Some of the most active death penalty states -- including Texas, Florida and Missouri -- have been the subject of similar lawsuits from virtually every death row inmate facing imminent execution over the past several months, but courts have rarely stepped in.

Wood, in winning the delay, argued that he had a constitutional right to know the withheld details about his execution.

Dale Baich, an attorney for Wood, convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths, said his team is "looking forward to Arizona turning over the information that we requested."  "The 9th Circuit has correctly recognized the importance of the information that Joe Wood sought," Baich said.

Arizona attorney general's office spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, however, said the state will file an application with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to dismiss the ruling and allow prison officials to put Wood to death without any such disclosures.

If the Supreme Court does step in, death penalty experts say it's likely the 9th Circuit decision will be overruled.
   

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, of the 9th Circuit, dissented from the decision Monday that led to the state's planned Supreme Court appeal.  "I have little doubt that the Supreme Court will thwart this latest attempt to interfere with the State of Arizona's efforts to carry out its lawful sentence and bring Wood to justice for the heinous crimes he committed a quarter century ago," Kozinski wrote.


www.abc15.com

The 9th has been pulling this crap for 30 years now...it is time for SCOTUS to step in and severely bitch slap them.

on: July 18, 2014, 07:52:21 AM 13 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: John Middleton - MO - 07/16/2014 - Executed

More last words and such...

For his last meal Middleton ate a cheeseburger, a pork steak, fries, apple pie and a chocolate milk shake.

on: July 17, 2014, 11:19:30 AM 14 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: John Middleton - MO - 07/16/2014 - Executed

Missouri Executes Convicted Murderer John Middleton After Delays


07/17/2014 04:24 AM

BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- Missouri inmate John Middleton has been executed after a series of final hour requests for stays and a delay were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Missourinet News Director Bob Priddy witnessed Middleton’s execution and reports the time of death was 7:06 p.m.  (Read his account below)

His execution for the murder of Alfred Pinegar in Northwest Missouri in 1995 was scheduled to have happened at 12:01 Wednesday morning but was delayed through the day by various court filings.

Middleton was also convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Randy Hamilton and Stacey Hodge that same year.

After the Missouri Supreme Court strongly rejected Middleton’s claim that he was incompetent to be executed, his three requests for stay to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito were rejected.

Witness account by Bob Priddy:

Triple-killer John Middleton died peacefully at 7:06 p.m. yesterday evening, strapped to a gurney in the Bonne Terre prison’s death chamber after a frantic two-day effort by his attorneys to save his life.

Middleton was sentenced to death in 1997, two years after he murdered Alfred Pinegar.  He later was sentenced to death for the murders  of Randy Hamilton and Stacey Hodge, also in l995.

“You are killing an innocent man,” he said in his last statement.

Middleton barely moved as the lethal injection of pentobarbital was administered, turning his head slightly to the right after looking toward three members of his family when the curtains on the execution chambers windows were opened.  He showed no signs of distress or discomfort.

“Nineteen years seems like a long time to wait for justice,” said Michael Black, an uncle of Alfred Pinegar, after the execution, “It’s a lifetime for a little girl who had to grow up without her father…Our family has waited all this time, never forgetting that our son, grandson, uncle, nephew, father and best friend is not with us.”

“In those 19 years, we, as a family, have had to llive with the thoughts of John Middleton being able to enjoy a meal, the smell of spring in the air or any number of simple pleasures,” he continued, “These are things that Alfred, Randy and Stacey cannot enjoy . These simple things we cannot share with Alfred.”

Black said he can go to Pinegar’s grave “and tell him it’s done now; he has finally been punished for his crimes.”

Middleton, a methamphetamine user and dealer in northwest Missouri, murdered the three, considering them “snitches” who had informed law enforcement about his meth dealings.

His attorneys repeatedly filed appeals in the last few days, asserting that Middleton was mentally ill and delusional, therefore exempt from execution under federal standards that prohibit the execution of the mentally ill.  They also claimed a new witness, never identified, had stepped forward who could attest to Middleton’s innocence.

Although federal District Judge Catherine Perry twice issued stays, saying Middleton’s claims of insanity should be given proper judicial review, the 8th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned both of her stays.  The United States Supreme Court also rejected requests for stays.

The final hope for a stay, an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court, was rejected about 5 p.m. in a withering opinion by a divided court (4-3) holding that a  doctor’s opinion about Middleton’s mental condition not  “even approaches a substantial threshold showing that Middleton suffers from…delusions”.  Instead, said the court, Middleton “plainly understands he is to be executed as punishment because he was found guilty of murdering his three victims; he simply believes “his chances of escaping execution.”

Events moved quickly after that decision.

According to a Corrections Department timeline, Governor Nixon denied clemency at 6:08.  The department was notified two minutes later than all pending petitions had been denied by the U. S. Supreme Court.   The rest of the timeline:

6:21-Middleton was moved to the execution chamber.

6:24-Execution warrant read to Middleton

6:37-Witnesses begin to move into their viewing positions.

6:52-U. S. Supreme Court denies an additional stay application

6:55-Prison officials get word of the action.

6:56-Attorney General Chris Koster gives go-ahead.

6:57-Governor Nixon says execution can proceed.

6:58-Injection of five grams of Pentobarbital begins.

7:00-Five minute timer set.

7:05-Medical personnel enter the chamber to look for vital signs

7:06-Middleton pronounced dead.

www.ozarksfirst.com

on: July 16, 2014, 12:25:10 PM 15 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: John Middleton - MO - 07/16/2014

Middleton stay to be lifted at 6 p.m.


July 16, 2014

A panel of the Eight Circuit Appeals Court has lifted a lower court’s stay of execution for John Middleton. But the order will not go into effect until 6 p.m. Middleton’s attorneys have asked for the full appeals court to review the findings.

The three-judge panel has put the stay in effect until 6 p.m. so Middleton’s legal team can take the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Middleton’s lawyers say he should not be executed because he is insane. Although a district judge ruled that the execution should be delayed until a hearing clears up that issue, the appeals court says the real test should be decided by the Missouri Supreme Court first.

The appeals court judges say District Judge Catherine Perry abused her position by granting an indefinite stay “because Middleton has not shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits” of his federal claims. And it says federal courts cannot grant stays until Middleton has exhausted all of his claims in the state court system. The appeals judges say the way the federal court rules on a stay can be influenced by the findings of the state court.

Middleton remains in his small cell about fifty feet from the execution chamber at the Bonne Terre prison. The warrant for his execution is good until 11:59 tonight.

www.missourinet.com
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