Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Missouri Supreme Court rejects delay in Skillicorn’s execution

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri Supreme Court has denied a request to delay the scheduled execution of a man convicted in the slaying of a Good Samaritan 15 years ago.

Dennis Skillicorn is to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1994 killing of Richard Drummond, who stopped to help when Skillicorn’s car broke down. It started a multistate crime rampage.

Skillicorn’s attorneys sought to delay the execution so they could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that request was denied Monday. The denial came several hours after a former inmate and ministers who worked with Skillicorn held a news conference in the Capitol asking for clemency from the governor.

Former inmate Jack Pyle says he turned his life around after regularly talking with Skillicorn.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has set an execution date of June 17 for Reginald Clemons, who was convicted 15 years ago in the deaths of two sisters shoved off an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis.

Clemons was among four men convicted in the deaths of 21-year-old Julie Kerry and her 19-year-old sister, Robin. Supporters believe Clemons is innocent.

He confessed, but supporters say he did so only after being beaten by police.

(source : www.kansascity.com)

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