Missouri Executes First Inmate In 4 Years


Dennis Skillicorn died from lethal injection this morning, becoming the first Missouri prisoner to be executed in nearly four years and the 67th since 1989, the Kansas City Star reports. Skillicorn, 49, of Kansas City, was one of the “Good Samaritan killers” who murdered a Missouri man and later an Arizona couple in a 1994 crime-spree that stretched from Missouri to Mexico.

In 2007, Missouri was one of several to delay executions pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case over the constitutionality of lethal injections. The high court found the method of execution constitutional in April 2008. Skillicorn was sentenced to death for the murder of a telephone-company supervisor who picked him up with two other men after their car broke down.

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