Missouri Executes Killer This Morning

MARCH 16, 2005 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

POTOSI, MO - A man who abducted a St. Louis County woman in 1994 and threw her off a Mississippi River bridge is dead after being executed in the Missouri death chamber early this morning.

Stanley Hall, 37, is the first Missouri inmate to be put to death in the past 17 months.  He was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m. today at the Potosi Correctional Center after being injected with three lethal doses of drugs.

Hall was convicted in the 1994 murder of Barbara Jo Wood.  His attorney had sought to halt the execution because he claimed Hall was mentally retarded, and state law doesn't allow retarded people to be put to death.  But Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Hall was only borderline retarded, and there's no law against executing inmates who are only borderline retarded.

The execution was the 62nd since the state renewed the death penalty in 1989.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)