Missouri executes Leon Taylor for 1994 killing

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BONNE TERRE (KPLR) —  The state of Missouri executed convicted killer Leon Taylor just after midnight.  The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal, and Gov. Jay Nixon denied Taylor’s clemency petition.
The 56-year-old Taylor was executed for killing gas station attendant Robert Newton in Independence in 1994, in front of Newton’s 8-year-old stepdaughter.  Nixon pointed out that if Taylor’s gun hadn’t jammed, the girl would have died too.
Taylor is the ninth man put to death in Missouri this year.