Missouri Supreme Court upholds death penalty in murder case
COLUMBIA - The Supreme Court of the State of Missouri upheld an appealed death penalty sentence for convicted murderer Leon Taylor Thursday afternoon.
Taylor was arrested in connection to a 1994 gas station robbery in Independence, where he shot and killed the store's manager as the victim's 8-year-old daughter watched. The prosecutor said Taylor pointed the gun at the daughter's head, too, but the gun misfired.
He was convicted of first-degree murder in a jury trial and the judge sentenced Taylor to death. The Supreme Court affirmed his conviction.
Taylor is to be executed at the state prison in Bonne Terre on Sept. 10, 2014.
The Associated Press report Missouri has executed six men this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have executed more.
Another Missouri execution is scheduled for Aug. 6, according to the Associated Press. Michael Shane Worthington is scheduled to be put to death for the rape and killing of a suburban St. Louis neighbor in 1995.