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Federal Judge issues stay of execution for convicted Missouri killer set to be executed Tuesday

A federal judge has issued a stay of execution in the case of a convicted southwest Missouri killer, who was scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening at the maximum-security prison in Bonne Terre. 64-year-old Walter Barton was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1991 killing of 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler. She managed a mobile home park […]

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Missouri Supreme Court rejects request from convicted killer, execution set for May 19

The Missouri Supreme Court has unanimously denied a request from a convicted murderer from southwest Missouri’s Ozark, clearing the way for his execution to take place next month in Bonne Terre. The Supreme Court has denied 64-year-old Walter Barton’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. A writ of habeas corpus is essentially a court […]

Missouri Supreme Court

Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments on overtime pay case for corrections officers

The Missouri Supreme Court heard remote oral arguments on Wednesday in a high-profile case involving the Cole County circuit court’s 2018 decision to award more than $113 million in overtime pay for Missouri corrections officers. It’s a case that’s been working its way through the court system for eight years, and it’s a case that could […]

Marriage

Audio: Missouri Representative wants to change state’s legal definition of marriage to domestic union

State Representative Adam Schnelting of eastern Missouri’s St. Charles wants to change the legal definition of marriage to a domestic union. During a Missouri House committee hearing today, Schnelting, a licensed minister and former pastor, says he’s sponsoring a bill because he says marriage is not the government’s business.     Speaking on behalf of […]

Hedrick Medical Center

Statute of limitations upheld in case involving Hedrick Medical Center and wrongful death lawsuits

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld rulings by the Livingston County Circuit Court and Western Missouri Court of Appeals involving defendants Saint Luke’s Health System, Hedrick Medical Center, and Community Health Group. Five plaintiffs had appealed to the Supreme Court on September 12th of 2018. Attorneys for both sides made oral arguments April 9th before […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to illegally purchasing, possessing 15 Firearms

 A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, man who illegally purchased 15 firearms pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing firearms and to making a false statement on a federal form in order to purchase those firearms. Jay C. Miller, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to one count of possessing firearms while […]

Joseph Anderson

Man who threatened to kill his family and deputy denied bond amendment in Livingston County

Oral arguments for the bond amendment were heard, considered, and denied in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a Richmond man accused of resisting arrest and assaulting law enforcement in September. The court certified 40-year-old Joseph Anderson’s case to Division One for arraignment November 5, 2019, at 9 am. He […]

Child Molestation

Jamesport man sentenced to life in prison for molesting a child

A Jamesport man was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court this week on two felony charges of child molestation first degree, enticement of a child, and sodomy or attempted sodomy—first degree—victim less than 12 years old. An argument was heard on Nicholas Levi Reed’s motion for judgment of acquittal or for a new trial, and […]

Russell Bucklew

Audio: Missouri convicted killer shows no signs of suffering during execution

A convicted killer serving a death sentence since 1997 took his final breath on Tuesday. A group of witnesses watched at the state prison in southeast Missouri’s Bonne Terre as 51-year-old Russell Bucklew was executed by lethal injection. Former Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle witnessed the execution.     “This was the final chapter […]

CAFO

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court hears case involving Grundy County CAFO

The state Supreme Court has heard oral arguments this week in Jefferson City involving a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in northwest Missouri’s Grundy County. Trenton Farms wants to build a swine operation, which is opposed by a group called “Hickory Neighbors United.” Hickory attorney Stephen Jeffery tells the court that a 2016 state […]