(Reuters) – Missouri on Tuesday executed a person convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s lover greater than 20 years in the past, native media reported, after a court docket rejected his argument he confronted merciless and strange punishment due to a uncommon medical situation that may make deadly injection severely painful.
FILE PHOTO: Russell Bucklew is seen in a police mugshot launched by the Missouri Division of Corrections on September 30, 2019. Missouri Division of Corrections/Handout by way of REUTERS
Russell Bucklew, 51, was pronounced lifeless at 6:23 p.m. CDT on the state’s loss of life chamber in Bonne Terre for the 1996 homicide of Michael Sanders, shortly after he moved in with Bucklew’s ex-girlfriend Stephanie Ray, CBS affiliate KFVS12 reported.
The Missouri Division of Corrections didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
KFVS information anchor Kathy Sweeney witnessed Bucklew’s execution and stated there have been no issues.
“His toes have been twitching below the sheets, there was a sigh after which no extra motion,” Sweeney stated in a broadcast.
Bucklew stated deadly injection would possibly inflict undue ache by rupturing blood-filled tumors on his face, head, neck and throat attributable to a uncommon congenital situation known as cavernous hemangioma.
He argued that may be in violation of the U.S. Structure’s Eighth Modification, which bars merciless and strange punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court docket dominated 5-Four in opposition to Bucklew in April.
Bucklew was the primary inmate in Missouri to be executed since January 2017 and the 17th inmate executed in the US in 2019, based on the Dying Penalty Info Heart.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson denied Bucklew’s request for clemency only a few hours earlier than he was executed.
He murdered Sanders simply over a month after Ray broke up with him on Valentine’s Day 1996.
On March 20, after Ray and Sanders moved in collectively, Bucklew stole a automobile and two of his brother’s pistols, handcuffs and a roll of duct tape.
The subsequent day, Bucklew went to the trailer the place the couple lived and fatally shot Sanders. He additionally shot at Sanders’ 6-year-old son however missed, based on court docket paperwork.
Bucklew then handcuffed Ray, dragged her to the stolen automobile and drove away. He later sexually assaulted her. When authorities discovered him, he wounded a police officer earlier than they took him into custody, based on court docket papers.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago and Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Enhancing by Peter Cooney and Cynthia Osterman