MO Death Row Inmate Lawyers Seek Execution Team Names


Lawyers for five Missouri death row inmates are pressing the state to provide the names of members of its execution team after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that one was a convicted stalker. The lawyers said the executioner’s criminal record raises questions about his “temperament and suitability” to help with executions. The newspaper reported that David Pinkley, a licensed practical nurse then on probation, worked on Missouri executions and was permitted to join a federal team that executed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in Indiana in 2001.

Pinkley, originally charged with felonies for allegedly stalking and damaging the property of a man who had a relationship with his estranged wife, pleaded no contest to misdemeanors and received a suspended imposition of sentence. State and federal prison officials knew this background. Three St. Louis-area legislators on a committee that oversees the Department of Corrections criticized the agency for letting a probationer work at executions.


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