"Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot," is by Carey Gillam of Reuters.
Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said.
William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (0510 GMT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay his execution. Rousan's attorneys had argued that Missouri's secrecy around its lethal injection drugs could result in undue suffering for the inmate as he was put to death.
After the court denial, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon denied a clemency request, clearing the way for Rousan's execution.
Controversy has arisen over lethal injection drugs as many states have turned to lightly regulated compounding pharmacies for supplies after the makers of drugs traditionally used in lethal injections largely stopped supplying them for executions.
It was Missouri's sixth execution in six months; the state's fourth execution in 2014. There have been 18 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,377 post-Furman executions since 1977.
"Man Guilty In Lake County Killings Set to Be Executed," is the AP report, via the Lakeland Ledger.
Robert Hendrix didn't want to go back to prison, where he spent time as a teenager. So after his cousin spilled to authorities about an armed burglary they had committed, Hendrix vowed to make sure Elmer Scott never testified against him, even if it meant killing Scott. That's what prosecutors said.
Hendrix, 47, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection today at the Florida State Prison in Starke for the 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott at their Lake County home. But he's seeking a last-minute court stay as his lawyer argues that two witnesses for the prosecution were unreliable and that no forensic evidence links him to the crimes.
Florida has executed four men this far in 2014.