Andre Cole Missouri Execution

Andre Cole - Missouri

Andre Cole was executed by the State of Missouri for the stabbing death of his ex wife friend. According to court documents Andre Cole went over to his ex wifes home and found the victim Anthony Curtis to death.Apparently Andre Cole had gone over to the woman’s home to confront his ex wife and became enraged when he saw Anthony Curtis present. Andre Cole would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Andre Cole would be executed by lethal injection on April 15, 2015

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Missouri has carried out its third execution of the year.

Andre Cole died by lethal injection at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre. The execution began at 10:15 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m

Pentobarbital was again the drug used for the procedure, according to Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell. He says there were no complications during the execution, and that Cole chose not to use any pain-relieving drugs beforehand.

Cole was convicted of the 1998 stabbing death of Anthony Curtis, who was visiting Cole’s ex-wife, Terri, at the time of the killing. According to court documents, Cole was behind on child support payments and a payroll withholding order had been sent to his employer. Upon learning the news, Cole was quoted as telling his co-workers, “Before I give her another dime I’ll kill the bitch.”

On Aug. 21, 1998, Cole became enraged after the first payroll deduction appeared on his check stub. He went to his ex-wife’s house, got inside after throwing a tire iron through a glass doorway and was confronted by Curtis. Cole then stabbed him several times and also stabbed Terri repeatedly. Curtis died, while Terri survived.

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Andre Cole fled Missouri after the attack, but returned 33 days later and turned himself in to police in St. Louis. DNA evidence confirmed the presence of Cole’s blood at the scene, along with the blood from Curtis and Terri on the murder weapon.

Andre Cole did not provide a final statement, but according to the Associated Press he nodded at relatives who blew kisses to him just before he was executed. He also turned down the traditional last meal and instead received Tuesday’s regular tray meal of a turkey and bologna sandwich, a cookie and fruit punch.

Meanwhile, a group of activists, including several African-American leaders and the members of the ACLU, had asked Nixon to postpone the execution and appoint a panel to study the exclusion of black jurors from death penalty cases.  Cole, who was black, was convicted by an all-white jury

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2015-04-14/missouri-executes-andre-cole-for-1998-stabbing-death

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