Missouri Puts Killer to Death

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has carried out its first
execution in nearly four years, putting a Kansas City man to death
for the killing of a good Samaritan businessman.

Dennis Skillicorn received an injection shortly before 12:30
a.m. Wednesday at the prison in Bonne Terre (bahn TER') and died
about 10 minutes later. He was 49.

Skillicorn was one of three men convicted in the 1994 kidnap and
murder of Richard Drummond. The Excelsior Springs man had stopped
to help the three after their car broke down on Interstate 70 north
of Fulton.

Skillicorn was on parole at the time for an earlier murder.

Supporters sought to have his death sentence commuted to life in
prison, saying he was a model prisoner.

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