Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Skillicorn appeal submitted to Alito

Three separate appeals on behalf of convicted killer Dennis Skillicorn are in the hands of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Skillicorn, 49, is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, for his role in the 1994 murder of Richard Drummond. He will be the first person executed in Missouri since 2005.

The Supreme Court docket indicates Skillicorn's lawyer, Kent E. Gipson, Kansas City, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus Monday, and also applied to Justice Alito for a stay of execution. A separate attempt is being made on an effort by Skillicorn and other Missouri death row prisoners to have Gov. Jay Nixon removed as the person who decides if clemency will be granted since Nixon, in his previous role as attorney general, fought for their execution.

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