BONNE TERRE, MO (KPLR) – The State of Missouri carried out its 2nd execution of the year Tuesday night. Cecil Clayton was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m.
Clayton murdered Barry County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Castetter in 1996. Castetter responded to a call related to a domestic dispute Clayton had with a woman. Christopher was shot once in the face while sitting in his patrol car.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected three last minute appeals. Two of those appeals centered on Clatyon’s mental capacity. Part of his brain was removed following a saw mill accident several years before the murder.
Castetter’s brother spoke on behalf of family members just before 10 p.m.
“We know this execution isn’t going to bring Chris back, but it destroys an evil person who would otherwise be walking the earth,” said James Castetter, Christopher Castetter’s brother.
The execution was the 1st execution in Missouri scheduled for 6 p.m. The Missouri Department of Corrections believes executions scheduled for 6 p.m. instead of midnight better accommodate victim’s families and the courts.
Attorney General Koster releases statement on the execution of Cecil Clayton
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster made the following statement following the execution of Cecil Clayton:
“As one who has carried a badge most of my adult life, I share the outrage of every Missourian at the murder of law enforcement officer, Deputy Christopher Castetter. Cecil Clayton tonight has paid the ultimate price for his terrible crime.”
Missouri Department of Corrections
Cecil Clayton was executed by lethal injection at 9:13 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. for the 1996 murder of Barry County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Castetter. He was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m.
His last meal was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans and a cola.
Department of Corrections Director George A. Lombardi read the following statement from Gov. Jay Nixon:
On the north side of the Capitol in Jefferson City stands a memorial in tribute to Missouri law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
One of the names is that of Barry County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Castetter. Our state is safer because there are brave officers, like Deputy Castetter, who are willing to sacrifice their own safety for that of others.
As the sentence of his murderer was carried out this evening, I ask Missourians tonight to honor Deputy Castetter, who gave his life in service to our state, and to remember him and his family in their thoughts and prayers.
James Castetter, brother of Christopher Castetter, read the following statement during the press briefing:
I wish I knew all the names and agencies to personally say "thank-you" and give my families gratitude that is so well deserved for all the professional endless hours of work that was put into this case to convict Cecil Clayton for the senseless murder of our brother, Barry County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lee Castetter. We know this execution isn't going to bring Chris back, but it destroys an evil person that would otherwise be walking this earth. There has been so much talk about the mental capacity of Cecil, but just him going to Martin Cole and wanting him to say he was with him all evening, telling Martin that he just shot a cop and then when seeing two police officers asking if he should shoot them too. There is No doubt in my mind that Cecil knew what he had done, as he went to Mr. Cole for help. I know there is more that was said, but this in my mind is an easy determination of Cecil's mental capacity/abilities to know that he had done something wrong and went for help to hopefully keep him out of trouble. The Great State of Missouri did not kill an innocent man, Cecil Clayton's actions is what put him to death.
The entire Barry County Sheriff’s Dept. and the City of Cassville has been overwhelmingly supportive over the years since Chris was killed. Rep. David Sater, Cassville was very instrumental in getting Hwy. 112 named in honor of Chris. Deputy Christopher Lee Castetter Memorial Highway. Chris has a niece that has his middle name, Kyra Lee Castetter, and yes, she has some of the same traits that Chris had. I look at my daughter and at times it is as though I'm talking to Chris, by the looks and answers I get, so much resemblance. I/we are leaving this with happy memories of my/our brother. Chris's memory will always be kept alive. I know our parents feel the same. Chris loved being able to help and protect the community, he left a beach town to be with the friendly, hospitable country people of Cassville, Missouri. Chris left us being the proud, badge wearing, brother, son, uncle, friend and Deputy of the Barry County Sheriff’s Department.
We are proud of you Chris, your family.
Again, thank-you all and God Bless you and your families.
Best wishes, family of Deputy Christopher Lee Castetter
Last note: I want to say thank-you to Carol Angelbeck, as she has helped me in so many ways during this process. Carol is a God send angel from above, and I now know why her last name is Angelbeck. God Bless you and your family.
Cecil Clayton provided a final statement:
They brought me up here to execute me.