Missouri executes Skillicorn

BONNE TERRE, Mo. | Missouri has carried out its first execution in nearly four years, putting Dennis Skillicorn to death for the killing of a good Samaritan businessman.

Skillicorn received an injection shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the prison in Bonne Terre and died about 10 minutes later. He was 49.

Skillicorn was one of three men convicted in the 1994 kidnap and murder of Richard Drummond. The Excelsior Springs man had stopped to help the three after their car broke down on Interstate 70 north of Fulton.

Skillicorn was on parole at the time for an earlier murder.

Supporters sought to have his death sentence commuted to life in prison, saying he was a model prisoner.