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Missouri Governor Mike Parson: Execution of Walter Barton “will move forward as scheduled”

The governor says the execution of a convicted southwest Missouri killer will move forward, clearing the way for Tuesday evening’s scheduled execution in Bonne Terre. Governor Mike Parson told Capitol reporters on Monday in Jefferson City that he hasn’t seen any reason to intervene in Walter Barton’s scheduled execution, saying “that will move forward as […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Audio: U.S. Supreme Court rules against Missouri inmate’s attempt to escape execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Missouri inmate’s attempt to escape execution.     In a 5-4 decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court justices disagreed with Russell Bucklew’s argument that the state’s lethal injection drug would cause him cruel and unusual punishment because of his rare brain condition. Bucklew was convicted in the […]

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Audio: U.S. Supreme Court considers Missouri inmate’s argument against lethal injection for his execution

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether lethal injection would be a cruel form of execution for Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew. His attorney, Robert Hochman says a tumor in Bucklew’s throat could rupture, causing his client to suffocate.     He says the method could make a tumor in his throat burst and cause him […]