Missouri Supreme Court sets May execution date for man convicted of 1996 murder

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set a May execution date for convicted killer Russell Bucklew, continuing a trend of scheduling one execution per month.

Bucklew is set to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. May 21 for killing a man in Cape Girardeau County in 1996.

Missouri has executed five men since November – one each month through March. William Rousan is scheduled to be put to death April 23 for killing a St. Francois County couple in 1993.

Bucklew’s attorney, John William Simon, says he will continue efforts in the courts to halt the execution, and will seek clemency from Gov. Jay Nixon.

Bucklew was convicted in the fatal shooting of Michael Sanders, a romantic rival, then abducting and raping Bucklew’s ex-girlfriend.

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  • Joe

    The problem with putting these men to death is that we have learned we cannot trust prosecutors to convict the right person. After someone spends 10 or 15 years in prison, we discover they were innocent but was found guilty based on prosecutorial misconduct. Kenny Hulshof comes to mind and he was even elected to congress. Maybe that is why our country is in such terrible shape when we elect corrupt and immoral people to govern.

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