After three years of wrangling over how Missouri’s executioners should deliver lethal injections – and who is qualified to do it – the state is gearing up for the death penalty again. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dennis Skillicorn, 49, editor of a magazine that has awarded scholarships to crime victims’ relatives, is scheduled to die Wednesday for a role in a 1994 murder. He denies guilt.
Skillicorn has been implicated in four murders over time, leading others to insist his recent deeds don’t matter. State Rep. Bob Nance of Excelsior Springs, the victim’s hometown, said Skillicorn is a career killer and represents the very reason Missouri has a death penalty. “He may or may not have pulled the trigger, but he certainly could have stopped what was happening,” Nance told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s very easy to repent after we’re caught.” Skillicorn runs a program to help strengthen prisoners’ families and another to care for sick and dying inmates. His national magazine is titled Compassion.