Gov. Nixon Denies Clemency Request

5 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 28 2014 Jan 28, 2014 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:14:00 PM CST January 28, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has denied clemency for 56-year-old Herbert Smulls, condemned to death for the 1991 killing of a St. Louis County jeweler during a robbery.

Nixon's office announced the decision late Tuesday afternoon. Smulls is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Nixon said in a statement that Smulls shot and killed Stephen Honickman and seriously wounded Honickman's wife in "a cold-blooded and deliberate manner." Nixon called Smulls a "career criminal" and says that he was arrested with stolen jewelry. The governor says the crimes were "brutal."

 

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