The state of Missouri will carry out an execution after the governor denies clemency

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Mike Parson denied a last-minute effort to stay the execution of Brian Dorsey, a man convicted of killing his cousin and her husband in 2006.
Parson said the state plans to carry out the execution of Dorsey on Tuesday, April 9.
Troy Steele, the former warden at Potosi Correctional Center, where Dorsey was housed said his record was “extraordinary,” according to the filing.
Death row inmate execution:Alabama looks to perform second execution of inmate with controversial nitrogen hypoxia Brian Dorsey charged in 2006 double-murder Dorsey was convicted of murdering his cousin Sarah Bonnie and her husband, Ben Bonnie, on December 23, 2006.
The couple had taken Dorsey in because drug dealers were trying to collect money he owed them, according to court filings.
“Brian Dorsey punished his loving family for helping him in a time of need.
Dorsey repaid them with cruelty, inhumane violence, and murder,” Parson said in the press release.
Dorsey’s attorneys in his request for clemency argued that he’s remorseful and has been rehabilitated after nearly two decades behind bars.


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson turned down a last-ditch attempt to postpone the execution of Brian Dorsey, who was found guilty in 2006 of killing his cousin and her spouse.

Parson said the state plans to carry out the execution of Dorsey on Tuesday, April 9.

“It is impossible to fully undo the suffering that Dorsey caused to others, but enforcing the law in Missouri and the court’s ruling will bring justice and closure to the family,” Parson stated in a statement.

More than 70 former and current corrections officers supported commuting Dorsey’s death sentence, according to Dorsey’s attorneys, who had asked for clemency on his behalf, citing his rehabilitation.

A representative for Dorsey, Megan Crane, did not immediately reply to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

The filing stated that Dorsey’s record was “extraordinary,” according to Troy Steele, the former warden of Potosi Correctional Center, where he was kept.

Alabama plans to carry out the execution of a death row inmate who suffers from contentious nitrogen hypoxia for the second time.

In 2006, Brian Dorsey was accused of double murder.

On December 23, 2006, it was found that Dorsey had killed his cousin Sarah Bonnie and her husband, Ben Bonnie. Documents filed with the court state that the couple had taken in Dorsey because drug dealers were attempting to get the money he left behind.

The couple’s 4-year-old daughter was inside the house when Dorsey allegedly shot them with their own shotgun, according to the prosecution. According to the documents, Dorsey also pilfered personal belongings in order to pay off drug debts.

“When his devoted family supported him during a difficult time, Brian Dorsey punished them. After welcoming him into their home and providing a place for him to stay, his cousins showed him around their family and friends. As stated in the press release, Parson claimed that Dorsey had “repaid them with cruelty, inhumane violence, and murder.”.

After spending almost two decades in prison, Dorsey’s lawyers contended in his plea for clemency that he is repentant and has undergone rehabilitation.

The clemency request stated that “the correctional staff—who know Mr. Dorsey best at this point, and who know what real rehabilitation and genuine remorse look like because of their firsthand experience with and broad basis for comparison with other prisoners—consistently attest to Mr. Dorsey’s wholesale rehabilitation, his genuine remorse, and ultimately his redemption.”.

He entered a guilty plea to two counts of first-degree murder in 2008. He subsequently filed multiple appeals, all of which were rejected on the grounds that the state’s flat-fee payment rendered his defense insufficient. According to multiple outlets, his attorneys further contended that he was experiencing “drug-induced psychosis and alcohol-induced blackout,” which precluded him from being able to “deliberate,” which is a prerequisite for a first-degree murder conviction.

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