Inmate executed for killing neighbor
06 August 2014, 09:11
Bonne Terre, Missouri — A Missouri inmate has been put to death for raping and killing a neighbor in 1995, the first lethal injection in the U.S. since an execution in Arizona went awry last month.
The Missouri Department of Corrections said early Wednesday that Michael Worthington was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. He is the seventh Missouri inmate executed this year.
He had been sentenced to death for the 1995 attack on Melinda "Mindy" Griffin during a burglary of her home.
The U.S. Supreme Court and Missouri's governor declined to block the execution.
Worthington's attorneys had cited the Arizona execution and two others that were botched in Ohio and Oklahoma, along with the secrecy surrounding the lethal injection drugs used in Missouri.