The Missouri Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a prison inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday in the 2001 western Missouri slaying of a 19-year-old woman he abducted.
The state's high court rejected without comment a request to intervene on behalf of 55-year-old David Zink. That appeal was filed Sunday.
Zink still had appeals yet to be decided by the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. A clemency request also is with Gov. Jay Nixon.
He was condemned in 2004 after being convicted in the death of Amanda Morton of Strafford.