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Convicted Missouri killer executed Wednesday; parents got 'justice'
Convicted Missouri killer executed Wednesday; parents got 'justice'

A Missouri man convicted in the rape and murder of a 24-year-old woman was executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednedsay after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay and Gov. Jay Nixon rejected his plea for clemency, according to statements issued Tuesday. Michael Worthington, who was convicted in the 1995 slaying of Melinda Griffin, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 12:11 a.m., according to Mike O’Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. “Mindy Griffin’s parents waited for nearly two decades for justice for their daughter," state Atty. Gen. Chris Koster said in a statement after the execution. "She was just 24 years old, finishing...

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