Convicted killer John Winfield executed overnight

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -  Missouri has executed its fifth inmate this year.  The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals inside the Eagleton building lifted a stay of execution in  John Winfield`s case Tuesday.  The U.S. Supreme Court then refused to stop it and Governor Nixon denied clemency.  Winfield was put to death by lethal injection at the prison at 12:01 Wednesday morning.  The 46-year-old University City man, was pronounced dead at 12:10a.m.

Winfield was arrested the day after he shot and killed Shawnee Murphy and Arthea Sanders at their Vinita Park apartment building in September of 1996.  He also shot his ex-girlfriend, Carmelita Donald, leaving her blind.  The three women were all friends.  He went to the apartments to confront Carmelita because she was dating somebody else.  That's when he shot and killed Arthea first, Carmelita and finally Shanwee.

He did not have a final statement and refused a final meal.  There were several witnesses to the execution including Carmelita Donald.  Five of Shawnee Murphy`s family members were there as well as Winfield`s mother, daughter and two friends.

Winfield was executed just after another convicted killer was put to death in the state of Georgia.