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MISSOURI, USA. MARLIN GRAY PUT TO DEATH

October 26, 2005: Marlin Gray, a Missouri man convicted of killing two women by pushing them off a bridge spanning the Mississippi River, was put to death in the early morning, a Missouri prison official said. Gray, 38, died at 12:07 am after workers at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri, injected him with a series of lethal drugs, stopping his heart.
Gray was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the April 1991 rapes and murders of two young women who Gray and his friends encountered by chance after a night spent drinking and smoking marijuana. In his final statement, Gray denied having committed the murders.
"I go with the peace of mind of never having taken a human life," Gray said. "This is not a death it is a lynching."
The women, Julie Kerry and her sister Robin Kerry, were showing a cousin a poem they had written on a bridge, which spans the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois, when they ran into Gray and his three friends shortly before midnight.
The men raped the sisters then pushed them off the bridge, a fall of about 70 feet, officials said. Julie Kerry's body was later found, but Robin Kerry's body was never located. The cousin, Thomas Cummins, survived the fall.
One of Gray's accomplices, Reginald Clemons, is on death row awaiting execution. Another accomplice, Antonio Richardson, was sentenced to death but had his sentence commuted two years ago to life without parole. A fourth accomplice, Daniel Winfrey, avoided the death penalty through a plea agreement.
Gray was the 66th inmate executed in Missouri since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. (Sources: Reuters, 26/10/2005)

INDIA. PAKISTANI SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR INDIA FORT ATTACK
BANGLADESH. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF WIFE
BANGLADESH. 6 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF CO-VILLAGER
SAUDI ARABIA. 14-YEAR-OLD BOY FACES EXECUTION
AUSTRALIA. POLICE DEFEND TIP-OFF THAT LEFT 'BALI NINE' FACING EXECUTION
OHIO, USA. OHIO EXECUTES WILLIAMS, CONVICTED OF KILLING DRUG DEALING RIVALS
GHANA. A-G WANTS DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED
RUSSIA. LIFE IMPRISONMENT MAY BE WORSE THAN DEATH - CHURCH OFFICIAL
AUSTRALIA. CANBERRA STEPS UP LAST-MINUTE APPEALS TO SINGAPORE OVER NATIONAL ON DEATH ROW
CALIFORNIA. EXECUTION ORDERED FOR CRIPS COFOUNDER
AUSTRALIA. NO HOPE FOR AUSTRALIAN FACING EXECUTION IN SINGAPORE: PM
IRAQ. FOURTEEN CONDEMNED INMATES ON DEATH ROW, PRIME MINISTER
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. DEATH SENTENCE IS COMMUTED
SRI LANKA. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 4.6 GRAMS OF HEROIN
TEXAS, USA. LUIS RAMIREZ EXECUTED FOR 1998 MURDER PLOT
HOC. “DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM WOULD BE A RETURN TO THE PAST”
BANGLADESH. COUNTRY CRITICISED FOR "CHILD" DEATH SENTENCE
INDIA. KALAM'S MOVE BOOSTS CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
UNITED STATES. US DEATH PENALTY 'WOEFULLY SHORT OF JUSTICE', DEATH PENALTY INFORMATION CENTER
THAILAND. ITALIAN COULD FACE ON DRUG CHARGES
NEW YORK. PRESENTATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE 2005 REPORT
TENNESSEE, USA. SUPREME COURT REJECTS CLAIM ON LETHAL SHOT
UNITED STATES. BUSH URGES LIBYA TO FREE CONDEMNED BULGARIAN NURSES
LIBYA. TRIPOLI REJECTS US DEMAND TO FREE BULGARIAN NURSES
IRAN. WOMAN SENTENCED TO EXECUTION
IRAN. WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY STONING
JAPAN. TRIO CONVICTED OF MURDERING FOUR SENT TO GALLOWS
KYRGYZSTAN. PRESIDENT CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
CHINA. 8 GUN SMUGGLERS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN QINGHAI
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