Spare Russell a painful death and stay his execution

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Russell Bucklew is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, March 20, 2018. His previous execution date in 2014 was stayed by the Missouri Supreme Court because of his rare health condition that could cause him great pain during the execution process.

Sign this petition to ask Governor Greitens to show mercy and spare Russell a painful, gruesome death.


Russell’s medical condition, cavernous hemangioma, causes weakened and malformed blood vessels. During the execution process, tumors in his nose and throat could rupture and bleed, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Russell was convicted and sentenced to death by a Boone County jury for the 1996 killing of Michael Sanders, the boyfriend of Bucklew’s ex-girlfriend. He was also found guilty of abducting and raping his ex-girlfriend.


The Missouri Supreme Court already found his medical condition reason to stay his execution in 2014. Today, Russell continues to suffer from this same condition. Carrying out this death sentence would be inhumane, especially in the context of many other recent botched executions around the country.


Sign this petition now to ask Governor Greitens to stay Russell’s execution.

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