The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set an Oct. 29 execution date for 35-year-old Mark Christeson.
Earl Ringo Jr. and an accomplice killed delivery driver Dennis Poyser and manager trainee JoAnna Baysinger at a Ruby Tuesday in Columbia in the early hours of July 4, 1998.
It’s been more than a decade and a half since Earl Ringo Jr. was convicted of killing two people during the botched robbery of a Columbia, Mo. restaurant.
Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate have asked a federal court to spare his life, claiming two top officials with the Department of Corrections lied under oath about use of the sedative midazolam in executions.
Michael Worthington is the seventh Missouri inmate executed this year.
If carried out as scheduled at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, 43-year-old Michael Worthington’s execution will be the first in the nation since a lethal injection went awry last month in Arizona.
The nation’s third botched execution in six months has death row lawyers, including one in Missouri, crying foul.
Missouri has scheduled what could be its eighth execution this year. The state Supreme Court set Sept. 10 as the execution date for convicted killer Leon Taylor.
John Middleton is scheduled to die Wednesday.
John Middleton, 54, is scheduled to be executed July 16 at the state prison in Bonne Terre.