Missouri executes inmate for the murder of two women
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:50:51 GMT —
Missouri inmate John Winfield was executed at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the second execution in the U.S. since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma on April 29.
Winfield died early Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre, shortly after convicted killer Marcus Wellons was put to death in Georgia.
Winfield was convicted for the murder of two women after he shot his ex-girlfriend, who was the mother of two of his children, in the head, leaving her blind.
The full Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals lifted a stay of that execution which was granted Friday by a federal trial judge and upheld Monday by a three-judge panel of the appellate court.
The stay came in response to a claim by Winfield's lawyers that a prison staff member had been intimidated by co-workers into not writing a letter of support for Winfield's clemency.
The full court set that stay aside without explanation.
The execution of Winfield marks the fifth execution in the state of Missouri this year.
Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons was the first execution. The fifty-nine-year-old WellonsWellons was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for the 1989 slaying of his 15-year-old neighbor, India Roberts, a high school sophomore from the Atlanta suburbs
Wellons was executed by injection Tuesday night after last-minute appeals were denied.
A corrections spokesman says Wellons was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m.
Another inmate, John Ruthell Henry, is scheduled to die later Wednesday in Florida.