"Man facing execution Wednesday remains upbeat, lawyer says," is AP report by Jim Salter, via the Springfield News-Leader.
Missouri death row inmate Jeffrey Ferguson is holding out hope that his life will be spared, but he is ready to accept his fate either way, his attorney said Monday.
Ferguson, 59, is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in 1989. Prosecutors say Ferguson abducted Kelli Hall from the St. Charles service station where she worked, sexually assaulted her and stabbed her to death. Her body was found 13 days after her abduction in Maryland Heights, another St. Louis suburb.
Attorney Jennifer Herndon has asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene, citing concerns that Missouri's execution drug, purchased from an unnamed compounding pharmacy, could cause pain and suffering for Ferguson. Another appeal, to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeks a delay in the execution until the courts can determine other issues, including whether Ferguson's conviction was based in part on false testimony from an FBI agent.
Gov. Jay Nixon was also weighing a clemency request.
Rita Linhardt, chairwoman of the board of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said Ferguson has been a model prisoner since turning his life around behind bars and accepting Christianity. Ferguson helped start a hospice program for other inmates, facilitated a program in which victims talked to inmates about the harms of their crimes, and has counseled other inmates.
"What We Know (And Don't Know) About Missouri's Upcoming Execution," is by Chris McDaniel for St. Louis Public Radio.
On Wednesday, Missouri is scheduled to carry out another execution. Although it will be the state's fifth execution in as many months, there are still numerous unknowns. Here's what we know and don't know about the upcoming execution.
We know the state is getting its execution drug from a compounding pharmacy. Since virtually no drug manufacturer wants its product to be used in an execution, the state isn't going to a drug manufacturer. Instead, it uses what's called a compounding pharmacy to mix the drug. Compounding pharmacies are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and have a high failure rate. In inspections over the last decade, the Missouri Board of Pharmacy found that about one out of every five drugs failed to meet standards. That information is important because the Eighth Amendment forbids cruel and unusual punishment.
Also from Missouri, AP reports, "Saint Louis University law school to study Missouri death penalty cases." It's via the Tribune.
A new research center at Saint Louis University's law school will analyze administration of the death penalty in Missouri over the past 25 years.
Law students, professors and researchers with the Missouri Capital-Sentencing Research Program will review the 72 executions carried out by the state since 1989 as well as the death sentences handed down to 42 additional inmates.
Earlier coverage from Missouri begins at the link.