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Wed May 11, 2016, 05:29 PM

Missouri to execute man who killed three, including deputy

Source: Reuters

Missouri to execute man who killed three, including deputy

By Fiona Ortiz
May 11, 2016

(Reuters) - A man who killed three people, including a sheriff's deputy, in a dispute over drugs is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Missouri on Wednesday or Thursday, a spokeswoman for the state's Supreme Court said.

The execution, set to take place between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Bonne Terre, comes as the rate of executions is falling steeply in the United States and even some conservative voices are advocating for abolition of the death penalty.

Earl Forrest, now 66, killed an acquaintance, Harriet Smith, and a visitor at her house, Michael Wells, in a dispute over methamphetamine, on Dec. 9, 2002. He shot both of them in the face, within a range of a few inches, according to court records.

Forrest and his girlfriend then fled Smith's house in the southern Missouri town of Salem, taking with them a lockbox containing an estimated $25,000 of methamphetamine. Later, he got into a shootout with law enforcement and shot and killed sheriff's deputy Sharon Joann Barnes, according to the records.

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