Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Mo. Execution
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate, and moments later, Gov. Jay Nixon denied clemency.
The moves appeared to clear the way for the execution of John Winfield, scheduled for 12:01 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Winfield was convicted of killing two women, and blinding another, in a 1996 shooting in St. Louis County.
Winfield's attorneys had appealed to the Supreme Court over concerns that a prison worker dropped plans to write a letter in support of clemency due to intimidation from staff; and concerns about the secretive process Missouri uses to obtain its lethal injection drug.