Thursday, November 20, 2014

Missouri carries out its 9th execution of 2014

The 33rd Execution of 2014
Leon Vincent Taylor was executed on November 19, 2014 in Missouri.  He killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994. His execution was the ninth execution in Missouri this year, reported the Kansas City Star.
Taylor, 56, was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre, minutes after receiving a lethal injection. With Taylor's death, 2014 ties 1999 for having the most executions in a year in Missouri.
Taylor shot worker Robert Newton to death in front of Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter during a gas station robbery in Independence, Missouri. Taylor tried to kill the girl, too, but the gun jammed.
Taylor's fate was sealed Tuesday when Gov. Jay Nixon declined to grant clemency and the U.S. Supreme Court turned down his appeal.
His body covered by a white sheet, Taylor could be seen in the execution chamber talking to family members through the glass in an adjacent room. Once the state started injecting 5 grams of pentobarbital, Taylor's chest heaved for several seconds then stopped. His jaw went slack and he displayed no other movement for the rest of the process.

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