Missouri executes fifth inmate of 2014

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (KSDK) – Missouri executed its fifth inmate for this year early Wednesday morning for killing two St. Louis County women.

John Winfield died at 12:10 a.m. through lethal injection, according to Missouri Department of Public Safety Communications Director Mike O'Connell.

Wednesday night, the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision to vacate the stay of Winfield. A federal judge granted the stay last week for a rights violation.

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Winfield shot the mother of his two children and left her disabled. He also shot and killed two of her friends.

Prior to Winfield's execution, a Georgia convict was also executed, which was the first in the country since an execution went wrong in Oklahoma on April 29.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released the following statement following the execution of Winfield:

"Nearly two decades have passed since John Winfield's cowardly acts of rage and jealously changed the lives of three families forever. He brutally murdered two defenseless young women, one in front of her children, and attempted to murder the mother of his own children, leaving her permanently disabled. For his actions, a court lawfully sentenced him to death under Missouri law, and tonight that sentence has been carried out."

A Florida inmate will be executed later Wednesday. John Ruthell Henry is the next scheduled execution of Missouri, and it has been set for July 16.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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