In two separate rulings today, the Missouri Supreme Court set the execution date of one condemned man and delayed the imposition of another's.
In a unanimous ruling, the court set the execution of Earl Ringo, Jr., for September 10. Ringo was convicted of the brutal double murder of two employees of Columbia's Ruby Tuesday restaurant on July 4, 1998. His accomplice in the crimes, Quentin Jones, is serving life without parole.
In another ruling, the execution of Leon Taylor, who was convicted of the murder of an Independence service station attendant in 1994, was delayed indefinitely.