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.
As Missouri prepares for another execution next week, a new report suggests that the Department of Corrections quietly and repeatedly used a drug that has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.
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.
A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for John Middleton, hours before he is scheduled to be put to death in Missouri.
John Middleton is scheduled to die Wednesday.
Michael Shane Worthington was sentenced to death for the September 1995 slaying of 24-year-old college student Melinda Griffin at her Lake St. Louis condominium.
John Middleton, 54, is scheduled to be executed July 16 at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
It was the state’s seventh execution since November.
There have been no U.S. executions in the seven weeks since an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack following a botched lethal injection.
The court ruled that inmate John Winfield’s clemency proceedings were violated.