Missouri Executes John Winfield: Final Appeals Denied by Supreme Court

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John Winfield
Update 12:20 a.m.:A rapid-fire sequence of appeals left John Winfield with no legal recourse to save himself from execution Tuesday night. Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, nine minutes after receiving a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

After the U.S. Supreme Court denied his lawyers' request for a stay of execution around 11:30 p.m., the only thing that could have stopped Winfield's death was his clemency petition on the desk of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Nixon denied the request for clemency minutes after the Supreme Court decision.

See also: "He's a Good Person": Daughter of Death Row Inmate Asks Nixon To Spare Her Father's Life

The Associated Press reports that Winfield "took four or five deep breaths as the drug was injected, puffed his cheeks twice and then fell silent, all in a matter of a few seconds."

Winfield was sentenced to death in 1998 for blinding his ex-girlfriend, Carmelita Donald, and killing two other women in a 1996 shooting spree. The rampage was sparked by Winfield's jealousy over Donald dating another man.

In a statement, Attorney General Chris Koster applauded the execution:

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 U.S. District judge stayed the execution late last week after his lawyers revealed how Missouri prison officials intimidated a sympathetic staff member from sending a letter supporting Winfield's clemency petition.

On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit lifted that stay. Then, hours later, the U.S. Supreme Court denied four successive appeals from Winfield's lawyers to halt of execution .

Soon after, at around 11:40 p.m, Nixon denied Winfield's request for clemency, describing his crimes as "heinous."

See also: How the Supreme Court Makes Last-Minute Decisions on Missouri Executions

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PieCatLady
PieCatLady

I oppose the death penalty on spiritual and moral grounds.  Life without parole is sufficient punishment and keeps the offender away from society.  Killing is wrong. It's wrong when a person kills and it's wrong when the state kills.  We the People should not empower our government to take life in OUR name.

sueinthelou
sueinthelou

A St. Louis County Jury infected by racial bias; -Juror's Sworn Declaration
Admittedly feuding ineffective defense attorneys who were hardly speaking and refused to collaborate on trial strategy, witness preparation or to back each other up in a capital case; -Defense Attorney's Sworn Declaration
Jury intimidation; -Juror's Sworn Declaration
Failure to investigate, prepare and call readily available witnesses; -Defense Attorney's Sworn Declaration
A capital defendant denied his Constitutional right to testify and to call witnesses on his behalf; -Defense Attorney's Sworn Declaration
A life evidenced remarkable contributions and the power of God's loving redemption. -Sworn Declarations of Correctional Officers, Inmates, People whose lives where forever changed for good by meeting John Winfield.
Another day of "justice" in America!

The state got it's pond of flesh but you got make a difference. While your actions cannot be justified, you took what was meant for harm and used it for good.  RIP John!

Now, bring on the BS attacks.  Better still, keep it to yourself because I don't give a d*mn!

ninaboo93
ninaboo93

The woman that he shot in front of her kids was my mother...Im relieved that justice has finally been served....upset that it took almost 18 yrs to do so but relieved...I can sleep alil easier at night now.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Like Baretta said, don't do the crime, if you can't do the time. We reap what we sow. Glad justice is served for the family of the victims at last

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I'm opposed to the capital punishment but I don't feel sorry for this guy.

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

Yeah because freeing a man who murdered two women is a great idea. Unbelievable.

Stephanie Thorsten
Stephanie Thorsten

I'll accept that title, considering the choice on how to spend my taxes isn't up to me. How many more do I have left to "murder" on death row? Could they hurry up, so my children and public service workers can get their monies. I mean, seriously, they're of much more importance than the pond scum of MO death row "survivors".

Chris DiMercurio
Chris DiMercurio

Why is this a story? He was a coward and killed people..... Wtf is this supposed to stir my heart against capital punishment? He got what he deserved regardless of how repentant he was... Cause he knew he was doomed. My problem is that it takes two decades to die in our system.

Chris DiMercurio
Chris DiMercurio

I'll gladly be a murderer if people like this coward are put down

Jada Marsala
Jada Marsala

Don't kill people if you don't wanna pay the price. Good for him, rest in peace scumbag

PieCatLady
PieCatLady

@sueinthelou You list articles about ineffective counsel and a biased jury which seem to advocate commuting Winfield's death sentence.  Your statements thereafter leave me confused. Do you approve of the execution?  Are you for or against capital punishment?

sueinthelou
sueinthelou

No, many more to pay for and worry about.  All the short timers who will return to the streets without the benefit of JW's wisdom, guidance, help and encouragement to turn their lives around will see you soon.  Actually, JW was of economic benefit to Mo taxpayers.

sueinthelou
sueinthelou

Perhaps since you're such an advocate for the state as a killing machine, you'd consider volunteering yourself or your children to determine the effectiveness of the secret execution drugs from the secret sources?  Just saying, anything for the cause, correct?

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