Missouri is ready to execute Leonard Taylor next week. He may be innocent
Taylor would be the third person sentenced to death by the state in the last 10 weeks.
Leonard Taylor, a Missouri inmate on death row, is set to be executed by the state Feb. 7.
Taylor was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her three kids in St. Louis almost 20 years ago. But Taylor says he wasn’t in Missouri when the killings took place.
“The medical examiner initially said they had been killed about three days before the bodies were found. That changed at trial, to up to three weeks,” says Kansas City Star reporter Katie Moore.
Last month, Missouri executed the first openly transgender woman in the history of the United States for murdering her ex-girlfriend in 2003. On Nov. 29, 2022, Kevin Johnson Jr. was executed for the 2005 slaying of a police officer despite evidence of racist prosecution techniques.
Moore says Taylor’s case is different from recent executions because of his innocence claim.
Katie Moore joined Up To Date to talk about the scheduled execution of Leonard Taylor.
- Katie Moore, reporter for the Kansas City Star