The state of Missouri executed the man who was convicted for killing his girlfriend and her three children.
Leonard Taylor, 58 was found guilty of the murders Angela Rowe, her three daughters Alexus, AcQreya, and Tyrese Conley. The events took place at their Jennings, Missouri home in November 2004.
After 5g of pentobarbital were given to Taylor, he took five to six deep breaths and became motionless.
Taylor stated in his final statement that Muslims do not die, but “live forever in the hearts and minds of our family members and friends.”
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“Death, not your enemy. It is your destiny. It is your destiny to meet it. Peace!” Taylor wrote.
Fox News Digital was told by a spokesperson for Missouri Department of Corrections that Taylor had last eaten a seafood platter, French fries, cheeseburger, cheesecake, and vanilla ice-cream.
Taylor claimed he was in California at the time the four victims were killed and that he wasn’t there when the bodies were discovered. Taylor boarded a plane headed for California on November 26, 2004.
After Rowe’s relatives said they had not heard from them in recent weeks, the four bodies were discovered on Dec. 6, 2004.
Although a medical examiner initially believed that the deaths occurred within a few hours of discovering the bodies, Taylor was there at the time and Phillip Burch, the Medical Examiner, said that murders could have been committed up to three weeks before the bodies were discovered.
Kent Gipson, his attorney, stated that Rowe was seen by multiple people after Taylor left California. Taylor’s daughter, Deja Taylor, stated in court that she spoke with Rowe during his time in California. According to the court filing, Deja Taylor’s mother and sister also confirmed her story.
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Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, stated that Deja Taylor’s alibis and the other relatives were “completely made-up” at the time of the murders.
McCulloch stated that Rowe and her family were likely to have been killed while Taylor was still in St. Louis on Nov. 22 or 23. He also noted that Rowe did not make any texts or calls starting on Nov. 23, which is when she typically made 70 outgoing calls per day or sent texts.
According to the prosecutor, Taylor’s brother admitted to the crime to police. Taylor was taken to the airport by a relative who saw Taylor throwing a gun into a sewer. Rowe’s DNA was also found on Taylor’s glasses after Taylor was arrested.
On February 29, 2008, Taylor was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder.
Gerauan Rowe was Angela Rowe’s sister and said that justice had been done after her execution.
She said, “I’m at an important point in my life right currently — I’m OK, but I’m not.” “But I know justice has been done. Although it’s difficult to keep moving forward, I believe I can.
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Republican Governor Mike Parson refused to grant clemency for Taylor Monday, stating that Taylor is still guilty.
Parson stated that “despite his self-serving claim to innocence, the facts about his guilt in this gruesome Quadruple Homicide remain.” “The State of Missouri will execute Taylor’s sentence according to Court order and bring justice for the four innocent victims he took,” Parson said.
Derrick Johnson, president national NAACP wrote a letter to Parson asking for a stay of execution. He stated that “evidence presented at trial doesn’t support Mr. Taylor being convicted.”
After Gipson’s Tuesday request, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop the execution. Gipson also submitted a stay request with Missouri Supreme Court which was denied.
This report was contributed by the Associated Press.