Execution date set for Missouri inmate

1 year 1 month 4 weeks ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:19:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
By: Matt Weller, KOMU Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court set an execution date for convicted murderer Russell Bucklew.

Bucklew is scheduled to die during a 24-hour period beginning at 6:00 p.m. on March 20, 2018.

Bucklew was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Michael H. Sanders in Cape Girardeau County in March 1996, and for kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Ray.

He was granted stays of execution in 1998 and 2014. His attorneys argued a medical condition would cause him to experience extreme pain if injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

Bucklew suffers from a rare congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels as well as tumors in his nose and throat. 

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