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Nixon seeks to resume executions in Missouri

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By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is moving forward with resuming executions.

On Friday, he asked the State Supreme Court to set execution dates for ten death row inmates.

This follows a ruling this week by a federal appeals court that Missouri's three-drug method of lethal injection does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

Nixon spokesman John Fougere said the attorney general asked for ten dates because the cases for these particular inmates have made it all the way through the state and federal appeals process.

"Five of them were in that situation before we had the injunction that was in place, and that's why we have renewed motions on them," Fougere said. "And then in the meantime, while the injunction was in place, we had an additional five cases that came to that stage where we could request execution dates of the Missouri Supreme Court."

The most recent execution in Missouri was that of Marlin Gray in October 2005.

He was convicted of murdering 2 sisters on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, along with Reginald Clemmons, who was also put to death.