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Missouri executes sixth inmate this year after legal battle
Missouri executes sixth inmate this year after legal battle

Missouri executed John Middleton on Wednesday night after two days of legal efforts to prevent it. He was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. local time. The state's sixth execution of the year came the same day that a federal judge in California ruled that state's death penalty unconstitutional. “Twenty years ago, John Middleton murdered three people out of fear they would expose him as the drug dealer he was," said Missouri Atty. Gen. Chris Koster in a statement. "He received the death penalty for each of his three murders. This evening, Mr. Middleton paid the ultimate price for his choices.” Middleton was a meth dealer in Missouri in the 1990s, according...

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