Supporters say Missouri man should not be executed
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The brother of a Missouri inmate said the killing that landed his sibling on death row was a sudden act of passion that doesn't merit a lethal injection as punishment.
Andre Cole is scheduled to die Tuesday for fatally stabbing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support.
DeAngelo Cole said it was out of character and "a one-time thing." He said his brother "didn't have a history of that kind of behavior."
Three appeals are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, including one that claims executing the 52-year-old Cole would be unconstitutional because he is mentally ill.
Members of a coalition that includes Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty also have called on Gov. Jay Nixon to halt the execution.