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    Cecil Clayton - Missouri Execution - March 17, 2015

    Field Deputy Christopher Lee Castetter

    Summary of Offense:

    Cecil Clayton and Martha Ball had been involved in a romantic relationship and had, at times, lived together. By November 1996, their relationship was coming to an end. On November 27, 1996, Martha asked Clayton to meet her at the Country Corner, a store in Purdy, Missouri. She requested that Clayton bring some important papers she had left at his home. Clayton arrived at the store without the papers. Clayton requested that Martha go with him to his home to obtain the papers but she refused.

    He left and returned with the papers. Clayton was driving his blue Toyota truck with wooden sides. When Clayton returned with the papers he asked Martha to go out to eat with him. She refused. Clayton became angry, pushed her, and the two began to argue in the store. Barbara Starkey, an employee of the store, noticed the argument and called the Barry County sheriff's department. Jim McCracken, Purdy chief of police, responded to the call and spoke with Clayton. He lingered in the store until after Clayton left.

    Martha asked Chief McCracken if he would escort her to Cassville where she was staying with her mother, Dixie Seal. Before Chief McCracken could arrange the escort, Martha left the store saying that she was going to a friend's home. Martha then went to Vicky Deeter's home in Monett. Vicky testified that Martha was very scared, pale, and shaking when she arrived at her home. After leaving the Country Corner store, Clayton went to see his friend, Martin Cole, at around 9:40 p.m. Clayton asked Martin to go with him. Martin declined because he had to drive a friend to work. Clayton became angry, raised his voice, and left.

    Martha called Dixie Seal, her mother, at around 9:50 p.m. and advised her sister, Carolyn Leonard, that she was at Vicky's home. Shortly thereafter, Carolyn heard a vehicle outside, its engine running roughly. She observed the vehicle stop, back into the driveway and turn its lights off. Because there were lights across the top of the cab Carolyn surmised that the vehicle was a truck. She phoned Martha and verified that Clayton was driving the truck. Carolyn then telephoned the Barry County sheriff's department and advised them that Clayton was on their property and was not welcome. Deputy Christopher Castetter was dispatched to the Seal residence. He contacted the dispatcher when he arrived at 10:03 p.m.

    Ralph Paul, Dixie Seal's neighbor, and his son-in-law, Greg Pickert, had also heard and seen the truck in Seal's driveway. Ralph phoned Mrs. Seal to inquire about the truck. They described the vehicle as a truck because of the lights across the top and noticed that it was backed into the driveway and running roughly. Shortly thereafter Ralph and Greg went back outside. The truck was gone and the two noticed a car sitting at an angle with the engine running at a high rate of speed and the tires spinning. Deputies David Bowman and Jason Manning also heard the dispatch regarding the Seal residence and decided to go by the area to assist Deputy Castetter.

    When they arrived, at approximately 10:06 p.m., Deputy Castetter's patrol car was sitting at an angle against a tree in the driveway. The car's engine was still running at a high rate and the tires were spinning and smoking. Deputy Manning approached the driver's side of the car. The window was rolled down about an inch, but was not broken. He put the car in park and turned off the engine. Deputy Castetter was leaned over in his seat. His seatbelt was not on; his weapon was still snapped in its holster; his flashlight was no longer secured in its cradle. Deputy Manning attempted to assist Deputy Castetter who was bleeding heavily from his head and having trouble breathing. Deputy Bowman contacted the dispatcher at 10:07 p.m. and advised that an ambulance was needed.

    Deputy Bowman went to Mrs. Seal's home and spoke with Carolyn Leonard and Dixie Seal. Deputy Bowman then contacted the dispatcher and advised that Clayton was believed to have been driving the truck that had been in the driveway. Deputy Castetter was transported to the hospital by helicopter. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, about the middle of his forehead. Despite medical treatments, Deputy Castetter died.

    At about 10:10 to 10:15 p.m., Clayton returned to Martin Cole's house. Clayton asked Martin to accompany him, and the two left in Clayton's truck. While in the truck Clayton asked Cole "would you believe me, if I told you that I shot a policeman, would you believe me?" Clayton described how he shot the "cop" in the head and how Deputy Castetter then hit the accelerator and hit a tree. Clayton then took the weapon out of his overalls, pointed it at Martin's head, and threatened to shoot him. He asked Martin if he thought it was loaded. Clayton told Martin that he wanted him to act as an alibi and tell the police that the two had been together all afternoon and evening watching television.

    At about 10:15 p.m. Chief McCracken heard a dispatch to be on the lookout for a blue Toyota truck with wooden sides driven by Clayton. McCracken recognized the description of the truck as the one driven by Clayton earlier that evening at the Country Corner store. McCracken met Chief Clint Clark of the Wheaton police department who had also heard the dispatch. The two confirmed Clayton's home address and then went to his residence. Clayton was driving toward his home when he saw the two police cars approaching. He parked in the driveway and asked Martin "should I shoot them?" Martin answered no.

    The officers activated their car spotlights, and Clayton eventually got out of his truck. The officers identified themselves. Clayton began walking toward the side of his house, advising the officers that he could not hear them. He kept his right hand in his pocket. Clayton refused to remove his hand or approach the officers. He continued toward his house, placed something in a stack of concrete blocks, and returned to his truck. Martin complied with the officers' request to get out of the truck and was apprehended. Clayton was then apprehended and transported to the sheriff's department. Martin advised the officers that Clayton had a gun. The officers located the gun in the stack of concrete blocks next to Clayton's house.

    Mike Rogers of the Missouri highway patrol interviewed Clayton. Clayton's version of the events varied from complete denial to stating that Deputy Castetter "probably should have just stayed home" and that "he shouldn't have smarted off to me." Clayton then stated "but I don't know because I wasn't out there." Following an investigation, Clayton was charged by information in the Circuit Court of Barry County with one count of murder in the first degree and one count of armed criminal action. Venue was transferred from Barry County to Jasper County. A jury found Clayton guilty of murder in the first degree and, finding three aggravating circumstances, recommended that Clayton be sentenced to death for Christopher Castetter's murder. The trial court imposed the death sentence.

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    8th Circuit Denies COA to Cecil Clayton MO DR in 1996 LEO Murder

    ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction and death sentence of Cecil Clayton, who is on Missouri's death row for killing a western Missouri sheriff's deputy.

    The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous.

    Barry County deputy Christopher Castetter was shot to death in 1996. The father of three was 29.

    Clayton, now 67, was convicted in 1997. In several appeals, including the one to the 8th Circuit, he has claimed mental incompetence. His attorney, Susan Hunt of Kansas City, said she will seek a rehearing but declined further comment.

    Attorney General Jay Nixon, whose office prosecuted the case, lauded the ruling.

    "Deputy Castetter was protecting the law-abiding citizens of Barry County when he was shot and killed without warning by Cecil Clayton," Nixon said in a statement. "The jury appropriately determined Clayton should face the ultimate punishment."

    Castetter went to Clayton's home near Cassville on Thanksgiving Eve 1996 to check on a suspicious vehicle report. Authorities said Clayton shot the deputy once in the head even before he got out of his car.

    Castetter's funeral was at Cassville High School's gymnasium to accommodate the large number of mourners.

    Clayton's claim of mental incompetence stems from a brain injury suffered in a sawmill accident in 1972. His appeals have claimed, among other things, that his trial attorney should have asked the court to decide his competency and should have made his diminished mental capacity the main point of his defense.

    In 1999 and again in 2001, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence. In the 2001 case, the court ruled unanimously that Clayton's trial attorney not only was effective but appeared to use good judgment.


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    Inmate Personal Information

    DOB: 04/16/1940
    Race: White
    Gender: Male

    Crime and Trial Information

    * County of conviction: Jasper
    * Number of counts: One
    * Race of Victim: White
    * Gender of Victim: Male
    * Date of crime: 11/27/1996
    * Date of Sentencing: 12/08/1997

    Legal Status

    Current Proceedings:
    Post certiorari


    Elizabeth Carlyle

    Court Opinions

    State v. Clayton, 995 S.W.2d 468 (Mo. banc), cert. denied, 528 U.S.
    1027 (1999); Clayton v. State, 63 S.W.3d 201 (Mo. banc 2001), cert.
    denied, 535 U.S. 1118 (2002); Clayton v. Luebbers, 2006 WL 1128803
    (W.D. Mo. April 27, 2006); Clayton v. Roper, 515 F.3d 784 (8th Cir.),
    cert. denied, 129 S.Ct. 507 (2008).

    Legal Issues

    On habeas appeal:
    1. whether petitioner was competent to proceed with habeas review;
    2. whether prosecutor's statements during closing and sentencing phases of trial violated due process
    rights, when prosecutor allegedly disparaged the opinion of one of defendant's mental‐health experts,
    mentioned defendant's probable intent to commit other crimes, mentioned the prosecutor's time as a
    soldier, described the defense argument against the death penalty as preposterous, referred to aspects of
    defendant's criminal proceedings as legal niceties, and averred that the punishment should fit the crime,
    not the criminal
    3. whether jury instructions were erroneous when trial court included included a depraved‐mind or
    random killing aggravating factor with a peace‐officer aggravating factor

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    AG seeks date for Clayton's execution

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has requested Supreme Court action in the Cecil Clayton capital murder case.

    Clayton has been incarcerated on Missouri's death row since a jury found him guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter on Nov. 27, 1996. The guilty verdict was handed down by a Jasper County jury on Oct. 20, 1997.

    Clayton, of Purdy, is one of nine defendants who Koster identified in his motion as having final capital murder convictions with no stays in effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Clayton's conviction and death sentence on Nov. 3, 2008. The Missouri Supreme Court also affirmed Clayton's conviction and death sentence on direct appeal in 1999 and again in 2001.

    Koster is requesting that the Supreme Court set an execution date for Clayton. His motions indicate that no legal impediments remain that would keep the Supreme Court from setting such a date.

    Clayton has been behind bars since his arrest on the night of Nov. 27, 2007. He was apprehended at his residence in Purdy approximately 45 minutes after Castetter was shot in his patrol car while responding to a suspicious vehicle call.

    According to court records, Clayton shot Castetter at point blank range when the officer rolled down his window. The shooting occurred outside a rural Cassville residence that was owned by the mother of Clayton's estranged girlfriend.

    Castetter was 29 at the time of his death.
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    Attorneys Seek to Overturn Cecil Clayton's Death Penalty Conviction

    Attorneys for a Southwest Missouri man are asking the state to overturn his death penalty conviction. They claim that Cecil Clayton has mental issues stemming from a brain injury at a sawmill back in 1972. They say that means he's incompetent to understand the sentence he's facing. The attorneys are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to order a new trial or a reconsideration of the sentence he's facing. Clayton was convicted of killing Barry County Deputy Chris Castetter in 1996.

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    Three inmates’ attorneys argue against setting of their execution dates

    Attorneys for three men sentenced to be executed have presented their arguments to the Missouri Supreme Court why it shouldn’t set a date for their executions. The Court ordered those attorneys to prepare those arguments in Show Cause orders issued in each case, January 29. The State Attorney General’s Office has responded to two of them.

    Among the arguments attorneys for William Rousan, Russell Bucklew and Cecil Clayton separately make is that because their clients are plaintiffs in Zink v. Lombardi, ongoing federal litigation regarding Missouri’s lethal injection process, their executions should not proceed until that has been settled. To this point, the Attorney General’s Office argues legal precedent that federal litigation is not a reason not to set an execution date. Joseph Franklin, Allen Nicklasson and Herbert Smulls were also plaintiffs in Zink v. Lombardi when they were executed in November, December and January, respectively.

    Attorneys for Clayton argue that he is incompetent to understand his punishment due to a deteriorating mental state, in part because of a head injury 25 years before he fatally shot Berry County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Castetter in November, 1996. That injury at a sawmill resulted in the removal of part of the right frontal lobe of his brain. The Attorney General’s Office’s response to the arguments of Clayton’s attorneys is due March 5.

    Attorneys for Bucklew, who in 1996 shot Michael Sanders, the presumed new boyfriend of his ex, say he suffers from malformed blood vessels that cause among other things, bleeding from his mouth and eyes, and could increase the risk of a painful or prolonged lethal injection. The state argues that doesn’t merit an indefinite delay in setting his execution date.

    Rousan also claims instructions given to the jury at his trial were confusing; an issue the state says the Court and federal courts have already dealt with. Rousan, his son and brother participated in the murder of a rural Bonne Terre couple as part of a cattle theft and robbery.

    Missouri is scheduled to carry out the execution by lethal injection of Michael Taylor early Wednesday morning. Taylor is one of two men sentenced to death after pleading guilty to the 1989 murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison of Kansas City.

    On Friday the State Supreme Court set March 26 as the date for the execution of Jeffrey Ferguson for the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of 17-year-old Kelli Hall in St. Louis County.

    Both Ferguson and Taylor were among four men for whom the Supreme Court in December ordered attorneys to present arguments why their execution dates should not be set. The others of those four were Roderick Nunley and David Barnett. Nunley is the second man who plead guilty in the murder of Harrison. Barnett stabbed each of his grandparents more than 10 times at their Glendale home before stealing their car and $120 in cash.


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    Execution date set for Missouris oldest death row inmate

    The oldest man on death row in Missouri is scheduled for execution next month for killing a deputy sheriff.

    The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set an execution date of March 17 for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton.

    Barry County Deputy Christopher Castetter, a 29-year-old father of three, was killed the day before Thanksgiving in 1996. Castetter went to Claytons home near Cassville to check on a suspicious vehicle report. The deputy was shot once in the head before he got out of his car.

    Clayton became Missouris oldest death row inmate in November when 75-year-old Kenneth Baumruk died of natural causes. Baumruk was awaiting execution for killing his wife and injuring four others during a 1992 shooting rampage at the St. Louis County Courthouse.

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    Missouri switches time frame for executions, will start around dinner time instead of midnight

    Missouri will be taking a new approach to executing inmates.

    For an execution scheduled for March 17 for a Barry County cop-killer named Cecil Clayton, the Missouri Supreme Court has given executioners a new time frame to carry out the death sentence.

    In the past, Missouri would get a certain day on the calendar to complete the task and the state would start at 12:01 a.m. on that particular day. If something was delayed with appeals or something went wrong in the procedure, the Supreme Court's execution warrant would be good for the rest of that calendar day.

    Now, the state still has a 24-hour time limit, but the clock will begin at 6 p.m. Missouri was the only remaining state to use the midnight start time, a federal court official said.

    Department of Corrections' spokesman David Owen said the department wanted the change to better accommodate witnesses.

    "Moving the execution time to 6 p.m. makes it more practical for witnesses attending an execution and for the courts reviewing the case, and falls in line with the majority of other states that carry out executions," Owen said in an email.

    Families of the victim and the condemned often make the drive to the execution site to watch it unfold. They are summoned hours before the 12:01 a.m. start, told to check in by about 10 p.m., then kept hours on site while courts ponder appeals and act on stays of execution. Even if the execution goes off without delays, the witnesses typically are driving home at 2 or 3 a.m.

    For years, this was the routine. It was done that way when executions were carried out at Potosi, and more recently at Bonne Terre. State employees whose job it is to oversee the execution often would stay in hotels near the execution site.

    Missouri will stick with the midnight start once more — for its execution of Walter Storey scheduled for 12:01 a.m. next Wednesday.

    Observers have said the reason for the midnight executions was, in part, to cut down on the risk of inmate disturbances and large protests.

    Richard Sindel, a defense attorney in Clayton who has represented men on death row, said it may serve a dual purpose of allowing protesters on either side of the debate who want to voice their opinions a more convenient time to stage their protests.

    But Sindel said he doesn't support the move. "I don't support any change in the execution protocol as long as they are executing people. The protocol I object to is the entire process."

    Clayton, the first prisoner set to be executed under the time change, was convicted of killing Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Lee Castetter south of Cassville, Mo., in November 1996. The deputy, 29, was shot in the head while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. Prosecutors alleged that Clayton was upset after a break-up and he took a loaded gun to the home of his girlfriend's parents.

    Clayton's trial was moved to Joplin in Jasper County on a change of venue. The defense attorney argued that Clayton didn't understand his actions that night and that he had lost part of his brain in a accident years earlier.

    Clayton is now 74.


    Michael Gans, clerk of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, has worked on every death penalty case in the circuit that covers Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska for the past nearly 30 years. He's handled more than a hundred such cases. He was chief deputy from 1985 to 1991, then clerk since 1991. He said Arkansas and Nebraska haven't had executions in years, but they last used a start time of between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

    Missouri's midnight start has meant late nights of work for the federal courts. Missouri executions, even though set to begin just after midnight, have actually happened on occasion closer to 2 or 3 a.m. In some, officials have stopped their work because of motions pending or temporary stays issued, and picked up against the next day at 8 a.m.

    As for Missouri's switch, Gans said: "It's great to have an earlier starting point than midnight. That doesn't guarantee they won't have court proceedings late. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I assume some will go forward close to 6 p.m. For others, I'm sure, because of what is going on in the case, the execution will start well after 6 p.m."

    Gans said he was told by the U.S. Supreme Court staff that Missouri was the last state to execute prisoners starting at 12:01 a.m. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Supreme Court has not replied to a request for comment.

    "We were always told that the Department of Corrections preferred this time (midnight) because of security and prisoner management issues," he said. "It's always easier to do it when the prison is locked down at midnight than when people are moving around."

    In 1997, then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor complained about the hour of death in an Arizona execution: "Dispensing justice at that hour of the morning is difficult, to say the least, and we have an obligation . . . to give our best efforts in every one of these instances."

    According to the Associated Press that year, it was 3 a.m. in Washington DC before the high court finally rejected a flurry of last-minute appeals for Arizona killer William Woratzeck and cleared the way for his death by injection minutes later.

    A few years before O'Connor's comments, Texas switched its execution time to 6 p.m. instead of between midnight and dawn. And the Associated Press said Ohio quit midnight executions in 2001 partly to save thousands of dollars in overtime to prison workers.

    Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said the midnight executions meant the justices weren't in the same room to discuss a case and were considering last-minute appeals at 10 and 11 p.m., or later.

    "It's become very rare to have these at midnight or just after midnight," he said. "So it makes sense for Missouri to change, I think."

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    Lawyers Seek Reprieve for Killer Who Lost Part of His Brain Decades Earlier

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    In January 1972, Cecil Clayton was cutting wood at his family’s sawmill in southeastern Missouri when a piece of lumber flew off the circular saw blade and struck him in the forehead. The impact caved in part of Mr. Clayton’s skull, driving bone fragments into his brain.

    Doctors saved his life, but in doing so had to remove 20 percent of his frontal lobe, which psychiatrists say led Mr. Clayton to be tormented for years by violent impulses, schizophrenia and extreme paranoia. In 1996, his lawyers say, those impulses drove Mr. Clayton to kill a law enforcement officer.

    Today, as Mr. Clayton, 74, sits on death row, his lawyers have returned to that 1972 sawmill accident in a last-ditch effort to save his life, arguing that Missouri’s death penalty law prohibits the execution of severely brain-damaged people.

    Lawyers for Mr. Clayton, who has an I.Q. of 71, say he should be spared because his injury has made it impossible for him to grasp the significance of his death sentence, scheduled for March 17.

    “There was a profound change in him that he doesn’t understand, and neither did his family,” said Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, one of Mr. Clayton’s lawyers.

    While several rulings by the United States Supreme Court in recent years have narrowed the criteria for executing people who have a mental illness, states continue to hold wide sway in establishing who is mentally ill. The debate surrounding Mr. Clayton involves just how profoundly his impairment has affected his ability to understand what is happening to him.

    Mr. Clayton is missing about 7.7 percent of his brain.

    “If you can prove mental retardation, you can get exempted, but mental illness alone is not an exemption to the death penalty,” said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

    The extent to which Mr. Clayton is capable of understanding his potential fate is at the center of a conflict among the psychiatrists and psychologists who have examined him.

    His lawyers say six psychiatric evaluations during the past decade have determined that Mr. Clayton is ineligible for execution under both Missouri and federal law, which require that the condemned know that they are to be executed and understand the reasons for it.

    In January, Mr. Clayton told a forensic psychiatrist hired by his defense team that the execution was a divine test of his Christian faith, and that God would intervene on his behalf.

    According to the evaluation, Mr. Clayton said the intervention would allow him to tour the nation as a preacher and sing “with the best pianist in Missouri.”

    “He is unable to inform me of his current medications, his current medical conditions, his presiding judge at his trial and at his appeal, the legal strategy presented at his initial trial, the current status of his case, what has been done on his behalf and what fate awaits him,” the psychiatrist, Dr. William S. Logan, wrote in his report.

    But Dr. James B. Reynolds, a forensic psychiatrist who works for the State of Missouri, concluded during a 2014 examination that Mr. Clayton understood the significance of his scheduled execution.

    In a court filing last month, Missouri’s attorney general, Chris Koster, wrote that Dr. Reynolds had “found Clayton’s comments concerning the emotional stress that the threat of execution is causing him are evidence that on a visceral as well as cognitive level, Clayton understands his potential fate.”

    Mr. Clayton was sentenced to death for the fatal November 1996 shooting of Christopher L. Castetter, a deputy sheriff in Barry County, a rural area in southwestern Missouri.

    Deputy Castetter had arrived at the home of the mother of Mr. Clayton’s former girlfriend, who called the police after spotting Mr. Clayton’s blue Toyota pickup truck outside the house. As the deputy sat in his patrol car, Mr. Clayton shot him with a .38-caliber pistol at close range. The deputy died from a single bullet wound to the head; his service revolver was still in its holster.

    A jury took only two hours to find Mr. Clayton guilty. During the trial’s penalty phase, the jury rejected the argument that Mr. Clayton’s brain injury had driven him to kill.

    The conviction and death sentence have been upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. His lawyers are now seeking a competency hearing for Mr. Clayton to determine whether he understands his circumstances.

    Mr. Clayton would not be the first person missing a portion of his frontal lobe — the part of the brain involved in impulse control, problem solving and social behavior — to be executed. In Arkansas, Ricky Ray Rector was convicted of fatally shooting two men, one a police officer, in 1981. Before he was arrested, Mr. Rector shot himself in the head, severing about three inches of his frontal lobe.

    On the day of his execution in January 1992, Mr. Rector left a slice of pecan pie behind from his last meal, telling prison guards that he was saving it for later. Gov. Bill Clinton returned to Arkansas in the midst of campaigning for the presidency to affirm his support for the execution.

    In Mr. Clayton’s case, two years after the sawmill accident, he checked himself into a mental hospital for 15 months because he feared he could no longer control his temper. After his release, Mr. Clayton decided that he could no longer perform the work required at the sawmill, and instead took a job as a police officer in Purdy, Mo. He quit after nine months.

    “He was so unsure of himself and worried about his judgment to the point that he felt he should not be in a position of responsibility,” according to a 2001 filing by his lawyers to the Missouri State Supreme Court.

    In 1983, Dr. Douglas Stevens, a psychiatrist, wrote an evaluation about Mr. Clayton that proved prophetic.

    “There is presently no way that this man could be expected to function in the world of work,” Dr. Stevens wrote. “Were he pushed to do so he would become a danger both to himself and to others. He has had both suicidal and homicidal impulses, so far controlled, though under pressure they would be expected to exacerbate.”

    Since then, his lawyers say, Mr. Clayton’s mental state has deteriorated further.


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    Will this execution go ahead considering the screw up caused by GA with their cloudy cocktail? They should have had more stock in hand.

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