A northern Missouri methamphetamine dealer is set to be the state's 1st inmate put to death since October 2005.
The Missouri Supreme Court today set a July 30 execution date for John C. Middleton, who was convicted of killing 2 people in Mercer County in 1995.
Middleton, now 48, also was convicted in a separate case of killing a 3rd person. He also received a death sentence in that case.
Prosecutors said Middleton killed the 3 to keep them from telling police about his methamphetamine operation.
Missouri has not executed an inmate since October 2005 when Marlin Gray was put to death.
Executions in the state and across the country had been put on hold while inmates raised legal questions about the constitutionality of the lethal injection method used in Missouri and most other capital punishment states.
But since April when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Kentucky's lethal injection protocol, states have once again begun carrying out death sentences.
9 men have been put to death since that ruling, and 7 other executions are scheduled to die before Middleton, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Middleton is housed at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point. He will be transported to the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, where the state's execution chamber is located.
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Missouri's first execution in almost three years is a little more than three weeks away. The corrections department is putting its people in place for the July 30th execution of methamphetamine user and dealer John Middleton, who killed another meth dealer to keep the man from snitching on him.
Middleton has been in prison, waiting for execution, since April of 19-97.
Missouri has not executed anyone since October, 2005. The execution of Michael Taylor in February, 2006 was delayed until courts court rule whether Missouri's three-drug lethal injection is constitutional. The courts say it is and say that Missouri's injection method is proper.
Corrections Department spokesman Brian Hauswirth says the execution team is assembled, including an anesthesiologist who will oversee the drug dosages. But it will be non-medical prison employees who will do the injection because of medical ethics concerns. He says an anesthesiologist will insert the I-V lines and will supervise the injections. But two department employees will actually do the injections.
Middleton is at the Potosi prison. He'll be moved to the Bonne Terre prison a few days before his execution. He's one of 14 inmates for which the Attorney General has asked the state supreme court to set an execution date.
John Middleton was a user and dealer of methamphetamine. On June 10, 1995, police arrested several people in Harrison County, Missouri, for possession and sale of the drug. Middleton was not one of the people arrested. About ten days after the Harrison County arrests, Middleton told a friend that "the snitches around here are going to start going down." Middleton stated that he had a "hit list" and that Alfred Pinegar was on it. Two days after making these statements, Middleton told the same friend that he was "on his way to Ridgeway, Missouri, to take Alfred Pinegar fishing." Alfred Pinegar was also a dealer of methamphetamine and was associated with Middleton as a fellow drug dealer. Pinegar lived with his fiancé Priscilla Hobbs in Davis City, Iowa, just north of Harrison County, Missouri. On June 23, 1995, the day of Pinegar's murder, Hobbs was driving toward her home in Davis City when she saw Middleton and his girlfriend Maggie Hodges in a white Chevrolet 4x4 pickup traveling in the opposite direction. Hobbs noticed that Hodges was sitting in the middle of the truck seat instead of in the right passenger's seat. When Hobbs reached her home, Pinegar was not there and the yard had been partly mowed, as if Pinegar stopped in the middle of the job. Pinegar habitually carried a twelve-gauge shotgun, and that shotgun and about two hundred dollars were missing from the home. Around noon that same day, Wesley Booth was working in the sporting goods department of a Wal-Mart store in Bethany, Missouri. He was approached by Hodges, Middleton, and another man, presumably Pinegar. Middleton asked Booth for six boxes of nine-millimeter shells and two boxes of twelve-gauge "double-ought" buckshot. Middleton paid cash for the ammunition. During the entire transaction Middleton was standing at the counter across from Booth. Middleton, Hodges, and Pinegar left Wal-Mart and drove several miles northeast of Bethany near the town of Ridgeway where they parked in a field. Pinegar got out of the truck and began to run when he saw Middleton raise the twelve-gauge shotgun. Middleton shot Pinegar twice in the back. Middleton then delivered the fatal wound to Pinegar, shooting him in the face. Middleton dumped Pinegar's body over a fence. After committing the murder, Middleton and Hodges went back to the Wal-Mart store in Bethany to return the nine-millimeter ammunition. They did not return the twelve-gauge "double-ought" shotgun shells. Booth walked with Middleton to the sporting goods department, where he exchanged the nine-millimeter shells for ammunition of another caliber. The two men then walked back to the service desk to complete the exchange. Later that afternoon, Gerald Parkhurst saw Middleton and Hodges standing next to their pickup on the side of a road north of Bethany. Claiming their pickup had broken down, Hodges asked Parkhurst if he would give them a ride. When Parkhurst agreed to give them a ride, Hodges and Middleton transferred five or six firearms to the trunk of Parkhurst's car, including the twelve-gauge shotgun Middleton had used to kill Pinegar. Parkhurst took Hodges and Middleton to Spickard, Missouri, where they unloaded the weapons. Two days after the murder, John Thomas visited Middleton at his home. Middleton and Thomas discussed possible undercover drug informants, and Middleton stated that "something had to be done about them." Middleton also told Thomas that he had acquired Pinegar's twelve-gauge shotgun and that Pinegar "wouldn't be needing it no more." Thomas drove Middleton to the place were the pickup truck had broken down, helped him remove a defective part, and then Middleton drove the truck away. The next day, on June 26, Pinegar's body was found. At the murder scene, police found a piece of leather fringe, an empty box of twelve-gauge shotgun shells, two expended twelve-gauge shells, a pair of sunglasses with a missing lens, and a small plastic clock with an adhesive square on the back of it. Later, on September 11, while Middleton was in jail, Middleton told Stallsworth, a fellow inmate, that he killed Pinegar because he was afraid that Pinegar was going to "snitch" on him about his methamphetamine dealing. Middleton described the details of Pinegar's murder. He also told Stallsworth that some fringe was missing from his leather jacket and he was worried that it had been left at the murder scene. Middleton was charged by information with first-degree murder and armed criminal action on October 18, 1995, in the Circuit Court of Harrison County. The prosecutor later voluntarily withdrew the charge of armed criminal action. Following a change of venue to the Circuit Court of Adair County, the case went to trial on February 24, 1997. Middleton did not testify at his trial and offered no evidence in his defense. The jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. In the punishment phase of the trial the state presented, among other things, evidence that Middleton had also murdered two others, Randy Hamilton and Stacey Hodge, as part of his plan to eliminate "snitches." The jury recommended a death sentence
Mr Middleton also has 2 death sentences for the following crimes...Unfortunately the State of Missouri only gets credited with 1 execution.
On June 10, 1995, several drug dealers were arrested in Cainsville, Missouri. Middleton, a drug dealer, worried that informants would implicate him as well. That afternoon, he told Tom Constable that there were "some snitches that should be taken care of," because he did not want to go back to prison. He mentioned several names, including Randy "Happy" Hamilton. The next day, Middleton and his girlfriend, Maggie Hodges, met Hamilton and Stacey Hodge on a gravel road. Stacey Hodge was Hamilton's girlfriend. Middleton shot Hamilton in the back once with an SKS rifle, and shot Stacey Hodge in the back three times. Middleton then shot Hamilton in the head, killing him. Maggie Hodges killed Stacy Hodge by shooting her in the head with another SKS rifle. Both bodies were placed in the trunk of Hamilton's car. Middleton drove the car, looking for a place to dispose of the bodies. Hodges followed in a truck. While driving around, Middleton saw Danny Spurling. Appellant -- covered in blood and driving Hamilton's car -- said that he had "taken care" of Hamilton. He asked Spurling what to do with the bodies, indicating that he might burn them in Hamilton's old house. The next morning, Middleton gave Spurling the car stereo from Hamilton's car, and said that "they were really going to freak out when they found those two." Middleton had a written list of names, and asked if Spurling knew anyone on the list. About a week and a half later, Middleton told Richard Pardun that "there was a narc around and they were going to take care of it." He said that he had a "hit list," mentioning several names on it, including Hamilton, Alfred Pinegar,(FN1) and William Worley. Appellant offered Pardun $3,500 to set up a meeting with Worley. On June 25, 1995, John Thomas was at Middleton's house, discussing informants. Middleton listed several people who "needed to be taken care of," including Hamilton, Pinegar, and Worley. Thomas noticed two SKS rifles and a box belonging to Hamilton. When Thomas asked about the box, Middleton replied, "the guy who owned that box wouldn't be needing it no more." About the same time, Middleton visited Dennis Rickert in Iowa. Appellant told Rickert: "I'd knowed 'Happy' for 15 [years]. He knew enough to put me away for life. I done 'Happy.'" Middleton also gave Rickert several guns, including two SKS rifles, which Rickert later turned over to the police. Middleton was arrested for another murder (Pinegar's) in late June 1995. On July 10, 1995, Hamilton's car was discovered in the woods where it had been abandoned. The car stereo was missing. The victims' decomposed bodies were in the trunk. Bullet fragments taken from Stacy Hodge's body displayed class characteristics consistent with the SKS rifles that Middleton gave Rickert. While awaiting trial in the Harrison County jail, Middleton confessed to fellow inmate Douglas Stallsworth. Stallsworth testified that Middleton described the murders, admitted killing Hamilton and Hodge because they were informants, and acknowledged hiding their bodies and taking the rifles to Iowa.
The above facts were edited to change the original documents reference to Mr Middleton.In the original document he is refferred to as "appellant". (LINK)
The Missouri Supreme Court has stayed John Middleton’s execution date. The Court stayed Middleton’s execution date in light of ongoing lethal injection litigation. With the stay, in the next 75 days there appears to be no executions scheduled outside the states of the Death Belt (the Old Confederacy + Oklahoma).
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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a District Court decision to dismiss the suit filed against the State of Missouri By Middleton ,16 fellow inmates ,and various supporters of the inmates.This suit was purported to be the States leading lethal injection challenge.The final verdict was 4-3 in favor of the State.
OVERVIEW OF DECISION Overview: A circuit court dismissed a challenge by 17 death-row inmates and others to the state’s execution protocol, alleging it was not promulgated according to public notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures. In a 4-3 decision written by Judge Mary R. Russell, the Supreme Court of Missouri affirms the trial court’s judgment, holding the statutes show the legislature intended to exempt the execution protocol from the rulemaking procedures because it is a protocol “concerning only inmates.” In a dissenting opinion, Judge Richard B. Teitelman disagrees, noting the plain and ordinary language of the exemption does not apply to the protocol, which directs medical personnel and, therefore, does not refer only to inmates. In a dissenting opinion, Judge Michael A. Wolff agrees with Judge Teitelman, noting it is likely the legislature did not intend to exempt the execution protocol from public rulemaking or else it could have said so specifically.
FACTS RAISED IN THE SUIT In July 2006, the Missouri Department of Corrections issued an execution protocol setting out the steps necessary for preparing, injecting and monitoring lethal injections pursuant to section 546.720, RSMo Supp. 2007. It describes the duties of the execution team, consisting of department employees and medical personnel. Seventeen inmates who have been sentenced to death and other interested parties subsequently challenged the protocol, alleging the department violated section 536.021, RSMo Supp. 2007, when it adopted the protocol without undertaking notice and public comment rulemaking. The circuit court dismissed the action, finding the protocol is not a rule and, therefore, is not subject to the procedures of chapter 536, RSMo. The inmates and interested parties appeal.
Ok quick question... In this case i've read Missouri aint executed since 2005 but texas has executed a fair few since then... So why do some state's carry out more execution's then other's? Surely it can't be to do with different way's the law work's? Or is it? I've no idea lol
Texas has always been much faster simply because their court system has embraced the Anti Terrorism Effective Death Penalty Act to the letter and deal promptly with frivolous appeals. But then we had the quasi moratorium while the United States Supreme Court held hearings on the constitutionality of lethal injection . Once the Court ruled in Baze that yes indeed the method of lethal injection as practiced in the State of Kentucky was constitutional , inmates in several States flocked to file suit such as this one in Missouri claiming that their State protocol differed enough from Baze as to deserve review by the State Courts. Here again Texas was light years ahead since before the moratorium the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had already dealt with the issue and ruled for the State , thus eliminating any need for delay to rule.
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I'm not sure how close this puts them to resumption. Both major suits against the State (Taylor and Middleton) have been rejected now. Taylor lost before the 9 that count in D.C. so thats great news , Middleton however may still have the right to appeal to the Federal Courts. Of coarse it is going to be difficult for him to gain much ground in the Federal round since the 9 who count have already said lethal injection is fine with them.
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Post by sarahnuttle on Mar 10, 2011 13:46:47 GMT -5
I've been waiting 15 yrs. for this to come. They keep staying it though. He didn't just kill three people, he ruined countless lives. Maggie who is insane and in a mental hospital was the start of it all. He would have never killed them if not for her. Still, they both need to be punished. My life still isn't the same with those memories I cant forget. God will judge them in the end.
Post by spazlatrash on Mar 16, 2012 15:59:23 GMT -5
This guy use to hang around some of the people that my Dad hung around with when I was a young kid up to being a teenager. I knew Al and Happy. They were good friends with my Dad. He's still beat up about their murders. Al and Happy were always pretty nice to me. John on the other hand was a scary dude. Weird as hell. He needs put down like the rabid meth dog he is. I heard they executed him but I don't think they have yet. I can't find any information that he actually has been.
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