Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)

1866-1936: hanging

1937-1987: lethal gas

1988-present: lethal injection or lethal gas

Current Method
Inmate choice of lethal injection or lethal gas.


Missouri has life without parole.  A jury decides the sentence.  The Governor is required by statute to get a non-binding recommendation from the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole before granting or denying clemency in a death penalty case.

In August of 2003 Joseph Amrine was cleared of all charges and released after seventeen years on death row for the murder of a fellow inmate after three witnesses recanted, stating they received protection in exchange for their testimony.  There was no physical evidence linking Amrine to the crime.

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