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Missouri Executes Black Man Convicted By White Jury

Andre Cole convicted of 1998 rage killing

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was executed yesterday for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago. Andre Cole, 52, became the third convicted killer put to death this year in Missouri. His fate was sealed after the Supreme Court turned down several appeals, including... More »

Mom Meets Daughter She Was Told Died 50 Years Ago

76-year-old Zella Jackson Price says Melanie Gilmore was taken right after birth

(Newser) - On November 25, 1965, Zella Jackson Price gave birth to a baby girl at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, her granddaughter says. What allegedly happened in the hours after that is both confusing and dreadful: Price, a gospel singer, says she was told by a nurse the baby... More »

Mo. Auditor's Rep Kills Self Month After Boss Did: Cops

Robert 'Spence' Jackson found dead just weeks after auditor Tom Schweich

(Newser) - A strange, tragic story just got even stranger and more tragic: The spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich—a gubernatorial candidate who killed himself Feb. 26 just minutes after arranging interviews with the media—has apparently taken his own life, the AP reports. Jefferson City Police officers found Robert "... More »

Missouri Executes Brain-Damaged Inmate

Divided Supreme Court turned down Cecil Clayton appeal

(Newser) - Missouri's oldest death-row inmate was executed yesterday after the US Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury from a 1972 sawmill accident . Cecil Clayton, who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy... More »

Missouri to Execute Man Missing Part of Brain

74-year-old's behavior changed after 1972 sawmill accident

(Newser) - A 74-year-old man whose behavior changed drastically after a sawmill accident more than 40 years ago will be executed in Missouri today unless the US Supreme Court steps in. Surgeons removed around 8% of Cecil Clayton's brain—including part of the frontal lobe, which controls things like judgment and... More »

Waiter Uses Craigslist to Hunt Ladies Who Stiffed Him

'Maybe this is love?' Kansas City server writes in his 'missed connections' post

(Newser) - It isn't the money that Stephen O'Laughlin lost during his waiter's shift at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant that bothers him—it's the principle of being stiffed. "There are so many waiters and bartenders in the world, and I feel like it’s a story... More »

Ferguson City Manager Quits

But John Shaw says he never 'heaped abuse on the poor'

(Newser) - More Justice Department report fallout in Ferguson: City manager John Shaw has agreed to step down, and the city council voted 7-0 to approve a "mutual separation agreement" last night, reports the New York Times , which notes that Shaw was the most powerful official in Ferguson but had been... More »

Missouri Rampage Victims Were Killed in Bedrooms

Shooter just walked into houses, coroner says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure they will ever know what sparked Joseph Aldridge's deadly rampage in Missouri —but it's clear the seven people he allegedly shot to death in four houses had no idea what was coming. "There were no signs of forced entry, and he apparently... More »

Rampage Began After Shooter Found Dead Mom

Police think Joseph Aldridge went after relatives after discovery

(Newser) - Today's shooting rampage in Missouri appears to have started after the gunman came home to find his mother dead on the couch of natural causes. She was 74 and had been ill, and police in Tyrone don't suspect foul play in her death. For reasons that remain unclear,... More »

Cop on Missouri Mass Murder: 'This Is Bad'

Gunman among the dead, police say

(Newser) - Seven people were shot to death in a middle-of-the-night shooting rampage in Texas County, Mo., the Houston Herald reports. The attacks in the south-central part of the state took place at multiple sites. A 36-year-old suspected gunman from Tyrone is also dead, police tell KTVI , saying he was discovered in... More »

Missouri Pol Arranges Interviews, Then Kills Self

Tom Schweich, candidate for governor, shot himself, say police

(Newser) - Missouri's political world was stunned today with the news that Tom Schweich, the state auditor and a Republican candidate for governor, was dead from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 54-year-old apparently shot himself in his own home this morning, just minutes after calling reporters from... More »

Lawyer: 'Sincere Love' Behind Hoax Kidnapping

Family was only trying to help 6-year-old, he says

(Newser) - The family that staged a terrifying hoax kidnapping to teach a 6-year-old boy to beware of strangers was doing so out of an "intense and sincere love for the child," a lawyer for two of the suspects says, though he admits that their judgment was "extremely poor.... More »

Cops: Family Kidnaps Boy as Lesson About Strangers

6-year-old's own aunt, grandmother, and mom all reportedly in on horrific plot

(Newser) - On Monday, a 6-year-old Missouri boy went to hell and back: Police say he was kidnapped from his bus stop and put through a traumatic four-hour ordeal that was allegedly plotted by his aunt, a co-worker she recruited, the child's grandmother, and his own mom, Fox News reports. The... More »

5-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Baby Brother

Accidental death occurred after boy found gun: reports

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy shot and killed his infant brother in what authorities say was an accident, KCTV reports. The older boy found the loaded gun while the 9-month-old was in a playpen yesterday morning, says Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White of the events in the small town of Elmo, Mo.... More »

Missouri Town Hosting Vigil for Dead Deer

Some of suburb's residents upset by money being spent to kill deer

(Newser) - Residents of a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., will hold a candlelight vigil for dead deer tomorrow night. It may sound silly, but residents are also protesting the hefty sum that Town and Country officials have paid to thin the animal's population over the last few years. Vigil organizers... More »

Police Officer Kills Teen 2 Miles From Ferguson

St. Louis County Police say suspect was armed, pointed gun at cop

(Newser) - The town of Berkeley, Mo., is roughly 2 miles from Ferguson and today finds itself dealing with some Ferguson-like protests after a police officer shot and killed a black teen who was allegedly armed last night. Per a statement posted to Facebook by St. Louis County Police, the officer, doing... More »

Missouri Executes Record 10th Inmate of the Year

Paul Goodwin used hammer to kill elderly neighbor

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was put to death early today for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state's record 10th lethal injection of 2014 to match Texas for the most executions in the country this year. Paul Goodwin, 48, sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St.... More »

NAACP Marching from Ferguson to Governor's Mansion

Plus: mayor announces efforts to broaden police demographics

(Newser) - The Journey for Justice has begun: The NAACP has launched a march from Ferguson, Mo., to the state capital of Jefferson City, KSDK reports. "This is a peaceful march and we're seeking systemic, fundamental reform of policing in this country," says the organization's president and CEO,... More »

Darren Wilson Speaks Out for 1st Time

George Stephanopoulos gets interview with Ferguson, Mo., police officer

(Newser) - Darren Wilson says he has a clear conscience and wouldn't have done anything differently during his fatal encounter with unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Tonight, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer is speaking publicly about the violent encounter for the first time in an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos. Wilson... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

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