Missouri Executes Killer This Morning

MAY 18, 2005 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

BONNE TERRE, MO - The man convicted of murdering a 9-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman in separate St. Louis crimes was executed early this morning.

Vernon Brown died by lethal injection around 2:30 a.m., nearly two-and-a-half hours after his execution was scheduled.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay shortly after midnight, but later voted 5-4 to allow the execution to continue.

Brown was the 23rd man put to death in the United States this year.

Department of Corrections spokesman John Fougere said Brown was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m. at the correctional center in Bonne Terre.

Brown was convicted for the 1985 and 1986 murders of 19-year-old Synetta Ford and 9-year-old Janet Perkins.  He was executed only for Perkins' murder.

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