Supreme Court denies execution reprieve for Missouri inmate
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from Missouri's oldest death row inmate to spare him from being executed Tuesday for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy.
Attorneys for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton argued in last-minute appeals that he has dementia and lingering effects from a 1972 sawmill accident that forced surgeons to remove part of his brain.
Clayton's attorneys sought a competency hearing, saying Clayton isn't mentally fit to be put to death.
Clayton was convicted of gunning down sheriff's deputy Christopher Castetter in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County.
A spokesman for Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement late Tuesday that the Democrat had denied Clayton's clemency request.
The Missouri Supreme Court on Saturday declined to intervene.