Missouri executes Leon Taylor for 1994 killing
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.