Execution Plans Can Now Continue for SeMo Pair

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Execution procedings for two Cape Girardeau men can now continue since a statewide stay on lethal injections was lifted on June 4.

Russell Bucklew and Andrew Lyons are both convicted murderers.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan issued the stay in order to examine if lethal injection was cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eithth Amendment.  A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined the punishment to be legal after examining records of previous executions in Missouri.

On Friday, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed motions with the Supreme Court to set execution dates for Bucklew and Lyons, as well as eight others.

Bucklew was convicted of kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend in 1996 after killing her boyfriend in front of four children.  Swingle was convicted of a triple homicide that occured in September of 1992.