Nov. 19 execution date set for Missouri inmate

2 years 7 months 4 weeks ago September 29, 2014 Sep 29, 2014 Monday, September 29 2014 Monday, September 29, 2014 9:14:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in Independence.

The court on Monday set 56-year-old Leon Taylor's execution for Nov. 19 at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Taylor was sentenced to death for the April 1994 shooting death of 53-year-old Robert Newton in Independence. Authorities said he also tried to kill the victim's 8-year-old stepdaughter but the gun misfired.

Taylor had been scheduled for execution in September but the court withdrew that execution warrant after his lawyers argued for more time to work on his case.

Eight inmates have been executed in Missouri this year. Another inmate, Mark Christeson, is scheduled to be put to death Oct. 29.

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