The Missouri Supreme Court has called off an execution of a man convicted of killing a former newspaper reporter, state officials said Thursday.
Joseph Bowens, the man charged with killing Drury Inn and Suites night manager Scott Knopfel, was sentenced to five years in prison in April 2010. So, why was he out on the street and able to kill?
“Life has changed in the St. Louis region, and I think, throughout the entire country since Ferguson,” Slay says. “What’s happened here has been horrendous.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Observers say the goal is to ensure that the truth about the killing is revealed, to ease racial tensions, and to reassure people that the investigation will be fair.
This Wednesday will be Missouri’s fifth execution in five months, which could be a record for the year.
A southern Illinois man was found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths nine years ago of a pregnant woman and a 4-year-old child.
Michael Studer, charged in the October shooting death of 61-year-old Adrienne Arnett at Abel’s Quik Shop in Hannibal, was originally scheduled for trial March 25.
Argued over whether they were cooking pork steaks or pork chops
A man wanted in the 1984 killing of a Joplin woman has been arrested in San Diego.
Shot while trying to retrieve stolen items from gunmen.