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Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Mo. Execution

Posted: Jun 17, 2014 10:45 PM by The Associated Press

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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.

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