As we've reported, lawmakers have pushed this year to repeal the death penalty in Missouri with a proposal that is not likely to get far in the legislature. State Senator Joe Keaveny, a Democrat who represents St. Louis, is supportive of an end to capital punishment in the state -- but he's taking a ... More >>
State Senator Gina Walsh says she is well aware that there will likely be opposition to her controversial proposal to repeal the death penalty in Missouri -- but that's not stopping her from pushing forward.
"My constituency probably won't like it," she tells Daily RFT. "But this is something I su ... More >>
Vernell Loggins Jr. avoided the death penalty in court yesterday, instead receiving a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole for the 2009 murder of his girlfriend, Stephanie Fields. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.Loggins stabbed Fields a reported 25 times and then dismemb ... More >>
Killer could face lethal injection. A jury yesterday recommended the death penalty for Vernell Loggins Jr., a trucker from suburban St. Louis who captured headlines in 2009 when his girlfriend's dismembered body was found outside the Pacific apartment complex where the two lived.A maintenance wor ... More >>
It was a different inmate -- with a screwdriver, argued Reginald Griffin. Today, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that he deserves another trial.Twenty-five years after he was convicted of murdering a fellow inmate in a Missouri prison, Reginald Griffin has gotten a major reprieve from the Missou ... More >>
According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Elroy Preston is known in prison as the "Chicken Man." We hadn't heard about it, either. That is, until yesterday when we were thumbing through the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's spring newsletter. This issue of the newsletter is mostly about str ... More >>
Coleman will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.If you're among the 13 percent of Daily RFT readers who predicted it would take two days for the jury to reach its verdict on Christopher Coleman, congratulations. You should apply for a legal analysis job with truTV. After deliberating sin ... More >>
Image ViaSandra WoodPerry Henderson, a convicted felon who refers to himself as "King Zeus," pleaded guilty yesterday to the tragic rape and murder of 73-year-old Sandra Wood this past December. Wood, a retired educator and active environmental and political volunteer, was alone in her Alton home ... More >>
New law could spare Chris Coleman's life.Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed a bill permanently abolishing the death penalty in his state and commuting the sentences of all thirteen people currently on death row. They now face life in prison without the possibility of parole.The new Illi ... More >>
Editor's note: Aspiring photojournalist and Gut Check contributor Kholood Eid is chronicling her Ramadan fast in diary form.
Kholood EidEvery year my non-Muslim friends groan, "Not that again! Already?"
Yes, it's here -- again. Ramadan.
For 30 days Muslims around the world fast from just b ... More >>
My colleague Chad Garrison is all over the fallout from Monday's shootings downtown. The city is taking steps to strip three business of their liquor licenses -- essentially, a death sentence. Those businesses include one prominent restaurant, F15teen (1900 Locust Street, 314-588-8899), the steakhou ... More >>
Susan SanfordEarlier today Ohio prison officials executed a death row inmate with an injection of a single drug, rather than the three-chemical intravenous series that has been used throughout the U.S. since lethal injection came to prominence in the 1970s.Five years ago RFT staff write ... More >>