The Latest on Missouri execution: Man executed for 2 deaths

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:22 PM
The Latest on Missouri execution: Man executed for 2 deaths

6:58 p.m. CDT

A Missouri man who killed his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter with a butcher knife has been put to death.

Richard Strong was executed Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre. He became the fourth man to die by injection in Missouri this year and the 16th since November 2013. Only Texas has executed more inmates over that span.

The bodies of Eva Washington and daughter Zandrea Thomas were found in October 2000 in Washington's apartment in the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann. A butcher knife was found on a bed next to a pool of blood. Strong and Washington's 3-month-old, Alyshia Strong, was on the bed but wasn't harmed.

Alyshia is now 14 and pleaded for her father's life in a clemency request to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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6:20 p.m. CDT

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to halt the planned execution of a Missouri man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her young daughter.

The high court decision came Tuesday evening.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also has denied Richard Strong's clemency request, saying in a statement that the killings of Eva Washington and her 2-year-old daughter, Zandrea Thomas, were "very brutal."

Strong is scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening at the state prison in Bonne Terre. He would become the fourth man to die by injection in Missouri this year and the 16th since November 2013.

The bodies of Washington and her daughter were found in October 2000 in Washington's apartment in the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann. They had been stabbed to death.

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1:46 a.m. CDT

A Missouri man is set for execution Tuesday for killing his girlfriend and her young daughter during a violent argument.

Defense attorney Jennifer Herndon said Richard Strong "just snapped" during a heated exchange between two people with mental health issues. He used a butcher's knife to kill Eva Washington, then turned the weapon on Washington's 2-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Police found the bodies on Oct. 23, 2000, at Washington's apartment in suburban St. Louis. They also found a pool of blood on a bed, the knife next to it, and the couple's 3-month-old daughter, Alyshia Strong, who was unhurt.

Alyshia Strong is now 14 and pleaded for her father's life in a clemency petition to Gov. Jay Nixon. The governor is still weighing that request.