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Missouri executes Cecil Clayton, killer who had brain injury
Missouri executes Cecil Clayton, killer who had brain injury

Missouri executed its oldest death row inmate Tuesday, less than an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay his execution. Cecil Clayton, 74, was executed by lethal injection beginning at 9:13 p.m. at a prison in Bonne Terre, according to a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. He was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. Clayton's fate had played out in an 11th-hour legal showdown that included questions over his mental state and stretched hours past his scheduled execution time. Clayton was convicted in the 1996 shooting death of Sheriff's Deputy Chris Castetter near Cassville, Mo., a rural town about 200 miles south of Kansas City, according to court...

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