Missouri sets execution date for man who stabbed ex-wife’s boyfriend

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Andre Cole.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI)- The Missouri Supreme Court set a mid-April execution date for Andre Cole, 52, of Normandy, who stabbed his ex-wife’s boyfriend 22 times over child support payments. According to our partners at the Post-Dispatch, Cole has been on death row in since he was convicted in 2001. He killed Anthony Curtis on August 21, 1998, at a house in north St. Louis County.

Cole is scheduled to die by lethal injection on April 14th at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

The victim, 34-year-old Anthony Curtis, was a Navy veteran from St. Louis. He was stabbed or slashed 22 times with a butcher knife. One of his wounds was 8 inches deep. It pierced his back, shaved a rib, punctured his lung and cut his aorta. He and his wife, Terri Cole were divorced in 1995. Cole was ordered to pay child support for the couple’s two children, but missed several payments. He was ordered to pay $3,000 through payroll deductions.

The first deduction appeared on his August 21, 1998, paycheck. On the day his paycheck was garnisheed for back child support, Cole broke into the his ex-wife’s home, in the 10100 block of Castle Drive, by throwing a car jack through a glass patio door.

The jury found that Cole then killed Curtis and wounded Terri Cole, who was also stabbed several times. Terri Cole survived and testified against her ex-husband at the trial.

Curtis died at a hospital.

Cole was convicted of first-degree murder in addition to assault and two counts of armed criminal action. In her opening statement, Cole’s defense attorney indicated that he broke into the house to confront Terri Cole about custody of their children.

She says her client was attacked by the couple.