Missouri Preparing To Execute Killer

October 28, 2003 - Posted at 1:45 p.m. CDT

POTOSI, MO - A Missouri inmate scheduled to die shortly after midnight has said he is ready to be executed.

But Governor Holden has before him two clemency requests that have been filed on behalf of John Clayton Smith, who killed his former girlfriend and her stepfather in 1997.

No appeals are pending today.

Smith has said in the past that he deserves to die for the murders.

Holden was considering clemency bids by the Missouri Catholic Conference, which traditionally has sought mercy for the condemned, and Gary Brotherton, a Columbia attorney and former public defender who had represented Smith.

Prison staff say Smith talked to his father and half-sisters last night.  His dad said Smith didn't mention the efforts to spare him.

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