Mo. Supreme Court sets execution date for man who killed 3

John Middleton, 54

A northern Missouri methamphetamine dealer convicted of killing another drug dealer back in 1995 is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection in July.

According to the Missouri Supreme Court the execution of John Middleton, 54, of Mercer County, is set for 12:01 a.m. on July 16th at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Court papers state that Middleton murdered Iowa resident Alfred Pinegar, also a meth dealer.

Documents say Middleton killed Pinegar in a Harrison County Field, shooting him in the back twice and once in the face.

Months after his arrest, Middleton told a fellow inmate that he had killed Pinegar because he was afraid he was going to snitch on him.

Middleton was also convicted of killing two other people for the same reason in 1995.

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