Missouri man executed for killing deputy, 2 others
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) – A man who killed two people in a drug dispute and a sheriff’s deputy in a subsequent shootout has been put to death in what could be Missouri’s last execution for some time.
Earl Forrest was executed Wednesday.
Forrest went to the home of Harriett Smith in 2002 and demanded that she fulfill her promise to buy a lawn mower and mobile home for him in exchange for introducing her to a source for methamphetamine. During an argument, Forrest shot Smith and a visitor to her home, Michael Wells.
Forrest fatally shot Dent County Sheriff’s Deputy JoAnn Barnes after she arrived at Forrest’s home.
Missouri has executed 19 men since November 2013. But the remaining 25 death row inmates either have appeals still pending or other reasons they will not face imminent execution.
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