A Missouri inmate who abducted and killed a 19-year-old woman in 2001 is asking state and federal appeals courts to spare him from execution.
“My father’s a very important role model in my life,” she said. “He’s always been with me. He’s the only surviving parent I have and I struggle in life. To see my father live would help me.”
The Missouri Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, declined to intervene Saturday. The court’s majority concluded there was no evidence that Clayton despite his brain injury isn’t capable of understanding his circumstances.
Attorneys for Cecil Clayton, 74, argue in last-minute appeals and a clemency request that Clayton has dementia and brain damage from a 1972 sawmill accident.
Nixon on Monday announced the pardons for several military veterans and others who completed their sentences.
A group of Missourians have been asking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency to a Missouri man serving life for marijuana possession. Now, they’re taking big steps to make sure he’s getting the message – two billboard-sized steps.
Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced to life in prison without parole after his third felony marijuana conviction in 1993.
The court ruled that inmate John Winfield’s clemency proceedings were violated.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is standing firm with plans to execute Russell Bucklew this week.
Pat Quinn’s office says he’s making progress in clearing a backlog of more than 2,500 requests.