APRIL 27, 2005 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CDT
BONNE TERRE, MO - An inmate who stabbed his grandmother to death in 1993 to get cash for crack cocaine was executed early today in Missouri's new death chamber.
Donald Jones, 38, died at 12:07 a.m. after lethal doses of drugs were injected into his body. He was put to death at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center near Bonne Terre, the first to be executed at the facility.
Governor Blunt declined yesterday to intervene, despite pleas from relatives of both Jones and the 68-year-old victim, Dorothy Knuckles.
The relatives argued that Knuckles would not have sought vengeance against her grandson, who stabbed her more than 30 times.
Jones is the 63rd person put to death in the state since Missouri reinstated the death penalty in 1989.