ST. LOUIS (AP) - The attorney for a Missouri death row inmate says the state is about to execute an innocent man, but the sheriff where the crime occurred disagrees. 54 year old John Middleton is scheduled to die early Wednesday.
He was a northern Missouri methamphetamine dealer convicted of the 1995 murders of Randy "Happy" Hamilton and Stacey Hodge, then Alfred Pinegar a week-and-a-half later, out of fear they would snitch to police. He was sentenced to death for killing Pinegar.
According to an Associated Press report, a witness came forward in February suggesting that two other men were the ones who did the murder.
Middleton's attorney, Joseph Perkovich, says police and prosecutors allowed the alleged real killers to fashion the case against John Middleton. The media reports indicate Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson revisited the case based on the affidavit of the new witness. His determination: Middleton was the killer.
KTTN will have an interview with Missourinet reporter Bob Priddy, who plans to attend the execution of John Middleton. You can hear the live interview with Missourinet News Director Bob Priddy just after 9:30 today on KTTN FM 92.3