Missouri man Herbert Smulls executed after high court denies appeals

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Herbert Smulls' mug shot

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — The State of Missouri executed Herbert Smulls Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals that challenged the drug used in the execution.

“After the United States supreme court vacated three separate stays of execution on January 29, 2014, Herbert Smulls was executed for the 1991 murder of Stephen Honickman,” said Chris Koster, the Missouri attorney general.

Smulls, 56, was convicted of killing Honickman and wounding his wife, Florence, while robbing their Chesterfield jewelry store in 1991.

Smulls, 56, was pronounced dead at 10.20 p.m. local time on Wednesday at a state prison in Bonne Terre after receiving a lethal dose of pentobarbital, the corrections department said.



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