Herbert Smulls

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Will John Winfield Be the Fourth Inmate Missouri Executes During A Federal Appeal?

    Missouri's affair with the death penalty has become a monthly ordeal. Six inmates have been executed since November, and it would have been seven if not for a convicted murderer's birth defect. Now, we've got June 18 to look forward to -- that's the date John Winfield is scheduled to die for murder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Missouri Prisons Halt St. Louis Magazine Ban

    The Missouri Department of Corrections will no longer ban the May edition of St. Louis Magazine, finally allowing inmates to read an in-depth story about Missouri's shrouded and secretive execution process that officials had thought would instill violence or hatred. The story "How We Kill: The Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Missouri Prisons Ban St. Louis Magazine Over Story About Death Penalty

    The Missouri Department of Correction banned the May edition of St. Louis Magazine over fears that a story about the death penalty would cause "violence or hatred" among prisoners. The story "How We Kill: The State of the Death Penalty," written by senior editor Bill Powell, illustrate's Missouri's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    How the Supreme Court Makes Last-Minute Decisions on Missouri Executions

    Three times in three months, last-minute appeals over the execution of a Missouri prisoner have made their way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Each time, justices allowed Missouri to continue with the executions despite lawyers' claims that the state's new lethal injection drug -- which comes from un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Missouri Executes Herbert Smulls After U.S. Supreme Court Delays 22 Hours

    Herbert Smulls, convicted of killing a Chesterfield jeweler during a robbery, was put to death with a legal dose of pentobarbital -- Missouri's third execution in three months using a drug with controversial origins. Smulls showed no outward signs of distress during the execution, say witnesses. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    U.S. Supreme Court Stays Execution of Herbert Smulls

    The clock is ticking for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the state of Missouri will execute convicted killer Herbert Smulls Wednesday. Justice Samuel Alito signed an order delaying the execution two-and-a-half hours before Smulls was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m., according to the Associa ... More >>