Missouri to Host Rare Execution Tomorrow

MARCH 15, 2005 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - The scheduled execution of Stanley Hall is still on for tomorrow.

The Missouri Supreme Court yesterday refused to halt the convicted killer's execution, despite claims that Hall is mentally retarded.  The court offered no explanation in its one-line ruling.

Hall's attorney, Nelson Mitten, then appealed to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.  Governor Blunt is also weighing a clemency request.

Hall is scheduled to be executed early tomorrow at the Potosi Correctional Center for the 1994 murder of Barbara Jo Wood of St. Louis County.

In 2001, the state barred the execution of the mentally retarded.  A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court did the same.

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