missourians for alternatives to the death penalty

Death penalty opponents have cited a Missouri man's recent sentence in efforts to change state law regarding capital punishment.

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is pushing state lawmakers to prevent judges from sending criminals to death row without a jury's approval. The group cited the case of Craig Wood, who is currently on death row, the Springfield News-Leader reported .

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and the Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty joined together last week to send a letter to Governor Jay Nixon requesting a suspension on executions until the procedures are made more transparent.

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The state of Missouri has carried out its fourth execution this year. Just past midnight, William Rousan was executed for the 1993 murder of a 62-year-old woman in southeast Missouri. He was also convicted of killing the woman’s husband in a plan to steal their cows.

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Death penalty opponents are using the 25th anniversary of Missouri's resumption of capital punishment to highlight their desire to halt executions.

George Mercer was executed on Jan. 6, 1989, for the 1978 rape and slaying of waitress Karen Keeten in the Kansas City area. Mercer's execution was Missouri's first after a nationwide moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in 1976.

Since then, Missouri has executed 70 inmates.

Death penalty opponents planned a news conference Monday at the Missouri Capitol.

Missouri protesters held vigils for Franklin

Nov 20, 2013
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A group of protesters held a vigil in front of the Boone County Courthouse Tuesday night expressing their views against the death penalty.

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, or MADP, were protesting the scheduled execution of Joseph Franklin, who stated he killed as many as 22 people. MADP held other vigils across the state including St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Joseph and Joplin.