JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set a February execution date for a man from a suburb of St. Louis who was convicted nearly 18 years ago of murdering his girlfriend and her three young children.
Leonard Taylor is to be executed on February 7 in the state prison in Bonne Terre. He was convicted in 2008 of the deaths of Angela Rowe, 28, and her three children, Alexis, 10; AcQreya, 6; and Tyrese Conley, 5. Their bodies were found at their home in Jennings on December 3, 2004.
In May 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Jennings’ case, leading to an execution date being set.
Taylor’s execution was to take place about a month after another convicted murderer died. Scott McLaughlin, who was convicted 19 years ago of raping and murdering an ex-girlfriend, is scheduled to be executed on January 3.
Another convicted murderer, Kevin Johnson, faces the death penalty on Nov. 29 for killing Kirkwood Police Sgt. Bill McEntee in suburban St. Louis in 2005.
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