Crime

August 7, 2014

Execution of convicted area killer Leon Taylor is called off

The Missouri Supreme Court withdrew the execution warrant it had issued for a Sept. 10 execution date. Taylor was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Robert Newton, an Independence service station attendant. After shooting Newton, Taylor attempted to shoot Newton’s 8-year-old stepdaughter, but the gun misfired, according to testimony.

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