The Death Penalty in Missouri at a Glance
Number of known innocent people freed from death row: 4
Last execution: Walter “Arkie” Barton, May 19th, 2020. Walter Barton was sentenced in 1994 for the 1991 murder of Glady’s Keuhler despite national outcry and concerns about his innocence.
*Death from COVID-19: Richard Davis, Dec 1, 2020
In 2020, Missouri had no new death sentences.
No Missouri juries have sentenced someone to death since 2013.
Pending death penalty cases have declined dramatically over the last ten years.
For more information on the death penalty in Missouri, see MADP’s 2019 Annual Report. The 2020 Annual Report will be published shortly after the new year.
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