Executions Resume After Arizona Botch

    Michael Worthington is pictured in this handout photo taken February 9, 2014, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Corrections. Missouri officials are pressing forward with the August 5, 2014, execution of convicted killer Michael Worthington despite calls for caution after last month's problematic execution in Arizona in which the inmate took more than an hour to die.  REUTERS/Missouri Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR41CLZ

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    At 12:11 a.m. on Wednesday, Missouri completed the first U.S. execution since the headline-grabbing two-hour lethal injection in Arizona. Michael Worthington, who was found guilty of raping and killing a college student in 1995, was pronounced dead 10 minutes after the process began. Worthington is the seventh inmate in Missouri to be executed this year. The U.S. Supreme Court as well as Governor Jay Nixon had declined to block the execution. The victim’s mother told reporters, “I feel I’m glad he’s dead." Worthington, however, did not offer any apologies in his final statement, and declared, “May God forgive those who call this justice.”

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